Nation's oldest thief freed from prison

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8 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Known as the oldest thief of Belgium, 78-year-old Georges Pirard, of Anderlecht, was allowed to leave the Leuven prison on Tuesday.

8 February 2006

BRUSSELS — Known as the oldest thief of Belgium, 78-year-old Georges Pirard, of Anderlecht, was allowed to leave the Leuven prison on Tuesday.

Pirard was detained last Friday (3 February) after trying to steal money from the donation box at Tremelo church.

The man's criminal record then caught up with him when a police officer recognised him.

The 78-year-old had been sentenced on 24 January to a six-month jail term for similar crimes. Two days later he struck again, but was not remanded in custody.

He was detained, however, after the theft in Tremelo, but Leuven Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of releasing the habitual thief, who has 43 convictions on record. 

Pirard was released on condition he report every day to police in Anderlecht.

The social security office OCMW will also manage his budget because Pirard only has EUR 108 left after the rent is paid.

Shortly before his court appearance, Pirard — who wants to be moved to a home for the elderly — fell.

Lawyer Geert Jaspaert said the fall is yet more evidence that Pirard does not belong in jail.

"The man is an incorrigible thief, but locking him up serves no purpose. He needs help and guidance," Jaspaert said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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