DNA evidence on bodies of step-sisters
30 June 2006, BRUSSELS — DNA evidence has been found on the bodies of murdered step-sisters Stacy and Nathalie, but initial test results are not expected until after the weekend.
30 June 2006
BRUSSELS — DNA evidence has been found on the bodies of murdered step-sisters Stacy and Nathalie, but initial test results are not expected until after the weekend.
Much is expected from the DNA analysis, which could effectively prove the guilt of suspect Abdallah Ait Oud, who has denied any involvement in the murders.
No material evidence has so far been gathered to implicate Ait Oud in the murders.
Police suspect that the two girls were kidnapped by one man or lured away from either the Liège street party they were attending or a playground in the area.
It is possible the girls walked to the playground themselves. From the playground, it is just a couple of hundred metres to the railway.
Seven-year-old Stacy is then believed to have been strangled with one hand, while Nathalie was restrained. The culprit then raped and strangled Nathalie.
The bodies of the two girls were then dumped in storm water canals along the railway.
It has not yet been completely ruled out that two culprits were involved, but justice authorities have raised strong doubts about that possibility.
Liège public prosecutor Anne Bourguignont officially confirmed on Thursday that Nathalie Mahy, 10, and Stacy Lemmens, 7, were strangled to death. Nathalie was also sexually abused.
Bourguignont also said the autopsy has indicated that the girls — who disappeared on the night of 9 June — died 15 to 19 days ago. The results of the autopsy confirmed expectations.
The bodies of the two girls were found in a storm water drainage system along the Liège-Antwerp railway line on Wednesday.
There were no gunshot or stab wounds found on the bodies, raising suspicions that they were strangled.
The two children were wearing the same clothes that they had on the night they disappeared. But Nathalie's jeans were pushed down to her knees and her briefs pushed to one side.
Nathalie and Stacy will be buried separately. Nathalie will be buried on Saturday in Cointe and Stacy will be buried on Monday in Liège.
A hearing at Liège Court extended the remand detention of suspect Ait Oud on Thursday. He remains the only suspect in the case.
Defence lawyers had requested the release of Ait Oud, but the court ruled there were sufficient suspicions warranting his continued remand.
Prosecutor Bourguignont confirmed that Ait Oud will be officially charged with murder in coming days.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news