Alleged French serial killer 'fit for trial'

10th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, Sept 10 (AFP) - Psychiatrists have determined that an alleged French serial killer nicknamed the "Ogre of the Ardennes" is mentally fit to stand trial, a report said Friday.

BRUSSELS, Sept 10 (AFP) - Psychiatrists have determined that an alleged French serial killer nicknamed the "Ogre of the Ardennes" is mentally fit to stand trial, a report said Friday.  

Michel Fourniret, accused of killing 10 people in France and Belgium between 1987 and 2001, "is totally responsible and does not need to be interned" in a mental institution, said the daily Le Soir.  

The 62-year-old carpenter was arrested in Belgium in June last year for abduction of minors and sexual misconduct. He has admitted to nine of the murders - those of eight women and girls and of one man - and is being held in Belgium while investigators search for evidence of more victims.  

The psychiatric report was carried out over the summer on the orders of a Belgian investigating magistrate.   

Fourniret was taken Friday to court in Dinant, southern Belgium for hearings on his case. The psychiatric report was due to discussed, according to Dinand prosecutor Arnoud d'Aspremont Lynden, cited by Le Soir.  

Fourniret's wife turned him in June, reportedly fearing she could face the same fate as the 30-year prison sentence given the spouse of Marc Dutroux, Belgium's notorious paedophile and multiple murderer convicted days earlier.  

She is being held on charges of helping Fourniret abduct his victims. Prosecutors say that in some of the cases, she went with Fourniret on his "hunting trips for virgins" and helped assuage their suspicions.  

The carpenter has coldly described how he raped and murdered many of the girls and women he kidnapped.  

He also said he shot a French male motorist in a rest area for money, and the wife of a fellow inmate in jail in the late 1980s for raping children. Fourniret met his own wife in prison, while she was visiting another detainee.  

Fourniret has denied his wife's allegation that in 1993 he killed a young blonde au pair the couple supposedly hired but who has not been identified nor apparently listed as missing.  

He has persistently told police he did not kill anyone between 1990 and 2000, but investigators remain sceptical.

© AFP

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