Friend of 'racist killer' arrested with rifle

24th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 May 2006, BRUSSELS — An 18-year-old man was arrested in Kortrijk on Tuesday night carrying a hunting rifle near the house of his former girlfriend.

24 May 2006

BRUSSELS — An 18-year-old man was arrested in Kortrijk on Tuesday night carrying a hunting rifle near the house of his former girlfriend.

The young man, from Brugge, is a school friend of Hans Van Themsche, who is being held on remand for the racist murders in Antwerp on 11 May.

The suspect has been listed as missing since Tuesday morning after failing to appear at school, the VABI institute in Roeselare. He called in sick after completing a recent training placement.

Noted as a model student, school management decided to report the young man's absence to his foster father and police issued a missing persons notice.

Identified as Joachim B., the young man was studying — just like his former girlfriend — at the Free Agricultural and Biotechnological Institute in Roeselare.

The 18-year-old Van Themsche was also enrolled at the school. Both he and B. were studying animal care studies.

Labourers working on a new building at  the Provincial Industrial College in Kortrijk saw a young man lying in the grass on undeveloped ground at about 5pm on Tuesday afternoon.

He was wearing a long, black jacket and was carrying a hunting rifle.

Local police linked the sighting to the missing persons notice and sent a team of officers to the scene. The corps was also given assistance by a federal police special intervention team.

The arrest of the young man occurred without problem at about 7.15pm. The hunting rifle he was carrying was loaded with one cartridge.

The suspect was identified by his mobile phone, having sent a text message to his former girlfriend telling her he planned to commit suicide.

The girl lived about 100m away from the undeveloped terrain. She was not home at the time of the incident.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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