Family friend held over abuse, kidnapping
17 July 2006, BRUSSELS — A 20-year-old man was arrested over the weekend on charges of abducting and indecently assaulting a nine-year-old boy, David, in Verviers in the province of Liège.
17 July 2006
BRUSSELS — A 20-year-old man was arrested over the weekend on charges of abducting and indecently assaulting a nine-year-old boy, David, in Verviers in the province of Liège.
David was picked up on Friday night by the suspect, a family friend, who promised his mother that he would bring him back later that night. The suspect, Benoit D., said he was just taking David for a drive in the car.
But the boy was never returned as promised and a nerve-racking 20 hours of uncertainty and fear for the parents ensued as Child Focus started to spread missing persons posters.
The federal police missing persons unit and other police officers also started investigations, including a trace of possible convicted criminals living in the Saint-Remacle district where David's mother lives.
But at 4pm on Saturday, news broke that a farmer and his wife had found the boy alive, bound and tied on an isolated country road. The woman took care of the boy until emergency services arrived.
David had suffered a serious head wound and was taken to hospital, where he underwent surgery. Only his parents were allowed to see him. He has not yet given a statement to police.
Police searched the house of the suspect and found incriminating evidence, such as the same type of tape used to cover David's mouth.
A large amount of paedophilia was found on the suspect's computer, which also indicated D. had fantasised about the boy.
D. confessed to authorities on Saturday night and a reconstruction of the crime took place on Sunday. The suspect will appear in court for a remand hearing on Monday.
If convicted on charges of premeditated kidnapping and indecent assault, D. could be sentenced to life in prison.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news