Depressed father tries to kill three children
13 March 2006, BRUSSELS — A 50-year-old man tried to kill his three children in the Wallonian town of Xhendelesse, near Liège, on Monday morning.
13 March 2006
BRUSSELS — A 50-year-old man tried to kill his three children in the Wallonian town of Xhendelesse, near Liège, on Monday morning.
The man, who was depressive since a break-up with his wife, sent a message to his estranged partner on Sunday night warning her that he would commit "the act" before midnight if he had not heard from her.
However, the woman was on holiday with her new boyfriend in Egypt, newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad' reported on Monday.
Hearing no word from the woman, the man sent a desperate message to a friend at about 5.30am. The father wanted to kill his children and then commit suicide.
The man had given his children that evening the sedative Temesta and used chloroform to put them to sleep.
Shortly after the man sent his message to his friend, he shot his 11-year-old daughter in the face.
However, the man's friend arrived at the scene shortly after and overpowered the man. He has since been arrested.
The injured girl is not in a life-threatening condition.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news