Confessed serial killer refuses to help police

28th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

GEDINNE, Belgium, June 28 (AFP) - A suspected French serial killer refused on Tuesday to help Belgian police reconstruct the events surrounding the slaying of a teenage girl he has admitted to murdering.

GEDINNE, Belgium, June 28 (AFP) - A suspected French serial killer refused on Tuesday to help Belgian police reconstruct the events surrounding the slaying of a teenage girl he has admitted to murdering.

Michel Fourniret remained seated in an armoured Mercedes vehicle used to bring him from his prison cell in Brussels to a police station in Gedinne, southern Belgium, while police re-enacted the crime.

"He doesn't think the time is right," said Arnoud d'Aspremont Lynden, prosecutor in the nearby town of Dinant.

Fourniret, 63, admitted in July last year to killing Celine Saison, an 18-year-old student who was abducted as she left her school in Charleville-Mezieres, northeast France, on May 16, 2000.

Based on his confession, an investigator using a dummy re-enacted the abduction, rape and strangling of the girl in Fourniret's white van.

The girl's family was present.

The reconstruction "helped to corroborate" his declarations, even though it had to take place in Belgium for practical reasons, said Charleville-Mezieres prosecutor Francis Nachabar.

Fourniret was arrested in Belgium in June 2003 over the abduction of minors and sexual misconduct. He is under investigation for six murders in France and two others in Belgium, as well as an attempted kidnapping.

All of the victims were female, several of them young girls. The crimes date back to 1987. He has admitted to eight of the murders and an attempted killing.

He is expected to face trial in Charleville in June 2006.

In the central French town of Yonne, meanwhile, investigators called a halt to digging work for the body of Isabelle Laville, who Fourniret also confessed to killing and then throwing her body into a well, near where he lived.

Nachabar said only that the work would begin again when a specialist caving team was available to help.

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