Inconsistencies in mp3 murder statements
9 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Uncertainty has developed around the circumstances of Joe Van Holsbeeck's death due to differing witness accounts.
9 May 2006
BRUSSELS — Uncertainty has developed around the circumstances of Joe Van Holsbeeck's death due to differing witness accounts.
The 16-year-old suspect Mariusz O. has told police a different version of events than that of Van Holsbeeck's friend, who was standing next to the victim in the Brussels Central station ticketing hall at the time of the stabbing.
The victim's friend told police that the main suspect, 17-year-old Adam G., stabbed Van Holsbeeck and that O. stole the mp3 player from the victim and fled the scene.
But according to judicial sources, the statements issued by Van Holsbeeck's friend and the 16-year-old suspect in the past couple of weeks differ on several important points, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Monday.
To eliminate the inconsistencies, the Brussels public prosecution office staged a reconstruction of the murder at Brussels Central on Sunday night. The reconstruction lasted two hours.
Van Holsbeeck's friend and O. were not brought in to contact with each other because the victim's friend was not emotionally up to the encounter. Separately, the two boys showed police how they remember the murder unfolded.
Afterwards, O. was then taken back to his cell at the Kasteelbrakel jail.
Investigating police officers will now depart for Poland in coming days to question the main suspect G. who is accused of actually carrying out the stabbing. He will be asked to give his version of events.
He will then be confronted with the statements of his companion O. and the testimony of Van Holsbeeck's friend.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news