Fourniret to pay EUR 1.5m to victims’ families
A French court has ordered the French serial killer and his wife to pay EUR 1.5 million in damages to his victims' families.30 May 2008
CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES - A French court on Thursday ordered convicted serial killer Michel Fourniret and his wife to pay EUR 1.5 million in damages to the victims' families.
Fourniret, 66, and Monique Olivier, 59, were sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for the murders of seven girls and young women between 1987 and 2001, in one of France's most gruesome cases in recent years.
Some 40 plaintiffs had filed suit seeking EUR 3 million in damages from the couple, including the parents or siblings of the seven murdered girls but also three women who managed to escape from Fourniret.
The magistrates awarded on average EUR 75,000 to the father or mother of the murdered girls, EUR 50,000 to each sibling and between EUR 7,500 and EUR 40,000 to the crime victims.
A Belgian woman who was the victim of an attempted rape in 1995 was awarded EUR 100,000 after the court found she had suffered a serious shock.
Dubbed the "Ogre of the Ardennes", Fourniret had admitted to the kidnap, rape and murder of the girls and young women and testified that he had a sexual obsession with virgins.
Olivier was accused of helping lure the victims and convicted of complicity in four murders and one rape.
[AFP / Expatica]