Ex-bouncer charged in London with murder

3rd March 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, March 3, 2006 (AFP) - A former nightclub bouncer was charged in London Friday with the murder of French student Amelie Delagrange, as the victim's parents sat in court.

LONDON, March 3, 2006 (AFP) - A former nightclub bouncer was charged in London Friday with the murder of French student Amelie Delagrange, as the victim's parents sat in court.

Thirty-seven year old Levi Bellfield, well-built and dressed in a sweatshirt and jeans, was charged with six offences, including the attempted murder of two other women and the attempted abduction and false imprisonment of a fourth.

He did not react as the charges were read out, but then suddenly burst into applause before a policeman stopped him.

The crimes of which Bellfield is accused all took place at night in west London between October 2001 and August 2004 when Delagrange, 22, was killed.

Her tearful mother Dominique said the memory of the murdered student had "given her the courage" to attend the tribunal at Bow Street Magistrates Court.

She said: "We did it for Amelie, because we have always been a close family, very strong, we couldn't see how we could not come for Amelie's memory."

Father Jean-Francois Delagrange spoke of his "satisfaction" at seeing the murder suspect charged.

"We can put a face to a name," he said.

The couple said they had every confidence in the British police, who had shown "lots of humanity and kindness".

Amelie Delegrange, from Hanvoile, north of Paris, was battered to death on the night of August 19, 2004 in the southwest London neighbourhood of Twickenham Green after a night out in a wine bar.

She suffered severe head wounds and died in hospital. Some of her belongings were found in the River Thames.

Bellfield stands accused of other crimes: he was also charged with the attempted murder of an 18-year-old girl who was mown down as she walked home from a night out in May 2004.

A car knocked her down then reversed back over her.

He was also charged with the attempted murder and serious assault of another woman and the attempted abduction and false imprisonment of a fourth.

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