Man arrested over girl's 1991 murder
11 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Antwerp Court remanded in custody on Friday a 35-year-old man suspected of involvement in the unsolved disappearance of 15-year-old Katrien De Cuyper in 1991.
11 August 2006
BRUSSELS — Antwerp Court remanded in custody on Friday a 35-year-old man suspected of involvement in the unsolved disappearance of 15-year-old Katrien De Cuyper in 1991.
The man, Karl V.R., of Kessel, has denied any involvement in the crime despite the fact he wrote three anonymous letters to the magazine 'Blik' and Katrien's parents at the time her body was found.
"My client does not deny that he wrote the letters, but he denies the contents of the letters that don't correspond to actual developments," lawyer Carl Keirsmaekers said.
Katrien disappeared on 17 December 1991 when she was traveling from her friend in Antwerp to her home in Brasschaat. Her body was found six months later. She had been strangled to death.
The suspect came under suspicion by chance, news agency Belga reported.
He was recently arrested on stalking charges and police found child pornography in the man's house, a box of newspaper clippings about Katrien and three anonymous letters written shortly after the discovery of the girl's body in 1992.
The writer claimed that he had given Katrien a lift on the night she disappeared and had never been identified until now.
DNA evidence has now unmasked V. R. as the write of the anonymous letters. It is possible then, that he was the last person to see Katrien alive.
The public prosecution also suspects he might have been the killer, but no hard evidence has been uncovered and V. R. is denying any involvement in the murder.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news