David's suspected kidnapper in suicide attempt

18th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The suspected kidnapper of the nine-year-old David tried to commit suicide in his jail cell at Lantin on Sunday night.

18 July 2006

BRUSSELS — The suspected kidnapper of the nine-year-old David tried to commit suicide in his jail cell at Lantin on Sunday night.

Benoît D. was taken to the Lantin jail, near Liège, because a family member works at the Verviers jail.

But several hours before the transfer, D. tried to commit suicide by slashing his arteries.

He had unscrewed a light bulb and had smashed it to use as a knife. But guards were quickly on the scene and performed first aid.

A doctor was called in to stitch the suspect's wound.

D. has been officially charged with kidnapping, indecent assault and attempted manslaughter.

A family friend, D. took the victim, David, for a drive in his car in Verviers on Friday night, but allegedly indecently assaulted the boy.

David suffered a serious head injury in the attack and was left for dead on an isolated country road until a farmer and his wife found him on Saturday.

David is now gradually recovering after undergoing an operation on Sunday in the Peltzer-La Tourelle Hospital.

Davis suffered a double cranial fracture and despite the successful operation, doctors are reluctant to make any statements about his condition.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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