'Teen killer' deliberately targeted foreigners
12 May 2006, BRUSSELS — The 18-year-old man who shot and killed a young woman and child on an Antwerp street deliberately targeted immigrants in his shooting spree
12 May 2006
BRUSSELS — The 18-year-old man who shot and killed a young woman and child on an Antwerp street deliberately targeted immigrants in his shooting spree
"That girl was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Hans Van Themsche said on Friday in his first statement.
The secondary school student was questioned by the public prosecutor in hospital. He was later charged with double murder and attempted murder.
During his first interrogation, Van Themsche used the word "skinhead", but the prosecution was unable to confirm how long the man had been involved in the movement.
It appears that the suspect operated alone and did not have any help from others in devising and carrying out his plans.
The prosecution also said the man's statement gave no concrete indications that he grew up in a racist and/or violent environment.
"If the suspect was not stopped by a police officer, he might have killed more victims. That appears from way in which he went to work," the prosecution said.
Van Themsche had problems at his boarding school in Roeselare in recent weeks. Sources have said he was caught smoking in his room, a breach of regulations that placed him at threat of being expelled.
He is then said to have warned several students that he would commit suicide and take 10 immigrants with him, using the derogatory term, makakken. "Than I would have at least done something good," he is alleged to have said.
According to Luc Deprez, the director of the Vrij Agro Biotechnisch Instituut in Roeselare, the suicide farewell letter found in his room did not indicate what he had planned to do.
But police raids on Thursday indicated that the 18-year-old had planned the shootings. Plans were found in his room indicating he wanted to kill multiple victims. Van Themsche was not known to police, but is said to have extreme-right sympathies.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news