Belgian news in brief, 8 August 2005

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Drowned son of ship captain found

Drowned son of ship captain found

The body of 12-year-old Tommy Goossens who fell from his father's inland shipping vessel on Thursday was found on Sunday morning in Denderbelle. The captain of a passenger boat saw the body and alerted authorities. "We can finally say farewell and bury him," father Andre Goossens said. A cross of flowers was placed in the banks of the Dender River on Sunday night. The victim's father has a regular route between Roeselare and Aalst.

New powder letter for town mayor

Sint-Niklaas Mayor Freddy Willockx has been sent another letter containing an unidentified white powder. The letter arrived at the town hall on Monday morning. In June, he was sent a letter with white powder that was eventually revealed to be icing sugar. The Socialist SP.A politician has also received death threats and pornography in recent weeks after arguing with right-wing party Flemish Interest. Investigations continue.

Man who threatened minister identified
Police have identified the man who sent a suspicious envelope to Interior Minister Patrick Dewael last week. Staff at a post office in Tienen in Flemish-Brabant intercepted the powder-containing envelope. Tests revealed the powder to be harmless. The man who sent the letter is from Limburg, but his motives have not been revealed.

Baby survives methadone accident

An eight-month old Belgian baby has had a lucky escape after swallowing methadone pills given to his mother to help her beat a heroin addiction. After returning from doing the shopping on Saturday afternoon, the 42-year-old mother, Monique — who is again nine-months pregnant — saw that Dargan J. — born on 15 November 2004 — had trouble breathing and rang for medical help. She performed mouth-to-mouth while waiting for help to arrive. Ambulance staff gave the baby antitoxin treatment, after which his condition improved, but the long-term health consequences are not yet known. The mother will not be prosecuted for the accident.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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