Belgian day-care knifeman admits killing elderly woman

4th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Kim De Gelder had denied killing 73-year-old Elza Van Raemdonck after he was arrested following nursery attack.

BRUSSELS - A young Belgian man accused of killing two babies and a care-taker at a nursery in January has confessed to the murder of an elderly woman a week earlier, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Kim De Gelder, a 20-year-old unemployed man whose lawyer says suffers from psychiatric troubles, had denied killing 73-year-old retired farmer Elza Van Raemdonck after he was arrested following the nursery attack.

"Kim De Gelder has confessed to the facts linked to the murder" of Van Raemdonck, a spokesman for prosecutors investigating the nursery attack in the northern town of Dendermonde told AFP.

De Gelder's lawyer Jaak Haentjens said that "memories of the murder" had "risen to the surface during a questioning session on Monday."

Van Raemdonck had been found stabbed to death in her home in the Antwerp region on January 16, one week before the nursery attack. After the nursery killings, De Gelder also became the prime suspect in the Van Raemdonck's murder.

In the days after the nursery murders, thousands of people marched through Dendermonde to pay tribute to the victims of the attack which has shocked a nation still marked by the Dutroux paedophile killings in the mid-1990s.


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