Confessed French serial killer and wife chargedover abduction, rape, murder of 12 year-old

13th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

NAMUR, Belgium, July 13 (AFP) - Frenchman Michel Fourniret was charged, in the southern Belgian town of Namur, with the rape and murder in 1989 of a 12-year-old Belgian girl, one of nine murders which the alleged serial killer has admitted to.

NAMUR, Belgium, July 13 (AFP) - Frenchman Michel Fourniret was charged, in the southern Belgian town of Namur, with the rape and murder in 1989 of a 12-year-old Belgian girl, one of nine murders which the alleged serial killer has admitted to.

His wife, Monique Olivier, who has admitted being in a car with Fourniret when he kidnapped young Elisabeth Brichet, was charged in the same court Monday with conspiracy to rape and murder.

Fourniret, who was arrested in Belgium in June last year for abduction of minors and sexual misconduct, has been accused by his wife of killing 10 people in France and Belgium between 1987 and 2001.

Fourniret has so far been charged with kidnapping and unlawfully imprisoning Brichet.

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 French and Belgian investigators search for evidence of more victims.

Fourniret, a 62-year-old carpenter, arrived from prison at the courthouse in Namur in southern Belgium on Monday in an armoured vehicle and entered through the back of the building.

He had been held in prison in Nivelles, south of Brussels, where he was kept "in total isolation", his lawyer said.

Local prosecutor Cedric Visart de Bocarme complained that the defendant "has not collaborated as we would have wished".

Visart de Bocarme added that there were differences in the accounts from Fourniret and his wife over the fate of Elisabeth Brichet whose body was exhumed from the grounds of his former home in the French Ardennes region on the border with Belgium.

With French investigators checking whether another 30 disappearances and homicides can be attributed to Fourniret, Visart de Bocarme did not rule out the Belgian authorities re-examining their unsolved cases.

 

© AFP

Subject: French news

0 Comments To This Article