Dutroux unable to pay victim damages
10 August 2005, BRUSSELS — Child killer Marc Dutroux is unable to pay the court-damages awarded to his victims and relatives.
10 August 2005
BRUSSELS — Child killer Marc Dutroux is unable to pay the court-damages awarded to his victims and relatives.
Dutroux's wife Michelle Martin and co-accused Michel Lelièvre cannot pay the large sums of money either, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Wednesday.
All three of them were ordered to pay large damages, such as EUR 500,000 to Sabine Dardenne, who was kept locked up for 81 days in Dutroux's cellar but survived the ordeal.
Dutroux has several real estate properties to his name, but also has large mortgage debts. Martin and Lelièvre are virtually broke.
The parents of An Marchal and Eefje Lambrecks lodged a claim with the government's victims fund on Tuesday.
The fund can pay a maximum of EUR 62,000 if the convicted culprits do not have any money. A ruling on the application is scheduled for 19 August.
Dutroux was initially ordered to pay the parents of his child victims EUR 100,000.
Both the parents of An and Eefje — who were killed 10 years ago — still have legal proceedings pending against the Belgian State.
They believe the Belgian government should never have released Dutroux early from prison in 1992. Had Dutroux been kept in jail, their children would still be alive, the parents claim.
The Belgian paedophile was eventually found guilty of abduction, rape and murder on 17 June 2004. He was convicted of leading a gang that kidnapped and raped six girls in the mid-1990s, leading to the deaths of four of them.
Dutroux lodged an appeal against his life sentence, but this was dismissed on 16 December last year. Belgium's Supreme Court also threw out an appeal by Martin against her 30-year sentence for kidnapping and rape.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news