'Bashing victim' buried, suspects in custody

30th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Train driver Guido Demoor — who died after being involved in a fight on an Antwerp bus last weekend — was buried at the Schoonselhof cemetery in Hoboken on Friday.

30 June 2006

BRUSSELS — Train driver Guido Demoor — who died after being involved in a fight on an Antwerp bus last weekend — was buried at the Schoonselhof cemetery in Hoboken on Friday.

Hundreds of people, colleagues, friends and family paid their final respect to the Thalys train engineer. Among them was the driver of the bus on which Demoor collapsed and died on 24 June.

Demoor was described as a discerning, intelligent man, news agency Belga reported.

Moving moments at his funeral included the words of a 14-year-old girl who was also a passenger on the bus. She wrote a letter and read it aloud at the funeral. Demoor's son recited a text his father wrote 26 years ago.

Antwerp Mayor Patrick Janssens, members of the Antwerp City Council and provincial governor Camille Paulus also attended the service.

A minutes silence was observed in every Belgian train station at 11am, the start of Friday's funeral. A one-minute silence was also held on the trams and buses of Flemish public transport authority De Lijn.

Meanwhile, an autopsy report has indicated that Demoor died from a cerebral haemorrhage. High blood pressure in combination with being wound up could possibly have led to the bleeding.

Defence lawyer Kris Luyckx said the findings shed another light on the case, given that the victim did not die from the bashing. Currently, the six suspects are accused of "voluntary aggravated assault causing death".

Two of the three youths arrested for Demoor's death had their remand detention extended by a month on Friday. The third youth had already had his remand extended by three months.
 
Antwerp Court will decide on the remand detention of the three adult suspects next week. The adjournment on Friday came at the request of the defence.

The request was made out of respect for the funeral of Demoor and the fact that a reconstruction of the incident will take place on Saturday.

Statements from the six suspects have indicated that just two of hem hit and kicked Demoor. The other four suspects are alleged to have looked on.

Their statements will be tested during the reconstruction on Saturday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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