Joran van der Sloot does not have a child

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Joran van der Sloot’s former lawyer has denied allegations that his ex-client fathered a child by a Peruvian woman.

The woman, Leydi Figueroa, is willing to take a DNA test to prove that Mr Van der Sloot is not her baby’s father, Máximo Altez told Peruvian daily El Comercio.

Mr Altez said he paid the woman on several occasions to deliver things to Mr Van der Sloot in prison.

On Saturday, television station Frecuencia Latina said Mr Van der Sloot had fathered a son by Ms Figueroa, adding that his mother is due to travel to Lima to take the baby to Holland.

The broadcaster based its report on statements made by Edward Álvarez, the lawyer for the family of Stephany Flores, the 21-year-old Peruvian woman Mr Van der Sloot is accused of murdering.

During a pre-trial hearing, Mr Van der Sloot allegedly refused to confirm or deny whether he had fathered a child, saying it was a private matter.

Ms Figueroa, 22, is said to be living near the maximum security prison in Lima where Mr Van der Sloot is awaiting trial.

It’s thought the two met a few days after he was imprisoned on 11 June 2010.

The TV station aired images showing Ms Figueroa with her baby.

Frecuencia Latina also claims it got hold of a psychiatric evaluation of Mr Van der Sloot.

The report describes him as narcissistic, aggressive, calculating, manipulative and as someone keen to adopt the role of victim.

Mr Altez said Mr Van der Sloot is still looking for a lawyer but is not likely to find one given his poor financial situation.

If he fails to hire one, the Peruvian authorities will provide him with free legal counsel.

Mr Van der Sloot, 23, is accused of killing Ms Flores in his hotel room in Lima on 30 May. He is likely to be indicted within a week, the TV station says.

He is also suspected of killing an 18-year-old US student, Natalee Holloway, who went missing on Aruba on 30 May 2005.

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