Belgium's oldest thief appears in court
28 February 2006, BRUSSELS — For the second time in three weeks, Leuven Court is to decide whether the 'oldest thief in Belgium' should be held on remand or released back into the community.
28 February 2006
BRUSSELS — For the second time in three weeks, Leuven Court is to decide whether the 'oldest thief in Belgium' should be held on remand or released back into the community.
On 7 February, the 79-year-old Georges P. was ordered released, but police arrested him again on 22 February for allegedly trying to steal money from a church donation box.
On 24 January, P. was sentenced by Hasselt Court to a six-month jail term and a EUR 143 fine for stealing money from a church donation box.
Ten days later, the man was again caught for trying to steal from a church donation box, this time from a church in the Flemish Brabant town of Tremelo.
During questioning by police, P. confessed to two other thefts from another church, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Tuesday.
Leuven Court released P. from remand detention on 7 February under strict conditions.
But on 23 February, P. is alleged to have struck again, this time in the East Flemish town of Zomergem.
Leuven Court will hand down its latest ruling on Tuesday afternoon.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news