BRUSSELS: The mother of Marc Dutroux, Belgium’s most notorious child killer, said he would re-offend if released early, in an interview published today hours before a court was due to decide on his parole.
Marc Dutroux, who was convicted of kidnapping and raping six girls and murdering four of them in the 1990s, launched a bid this month for early release, even though he has practically no chance of success.
The 78-year-old Jeannine told Le Soir Magazine in her first public comments since her son was jailed for life in 2004 that she is certain he will start again, and Marc isn’t ready to be released because he still wants to attribute to others the responsibility for what he did.
Dutroux’s case sent shockwaves through Belgium because of the horrific nature of the murders, and the fact that Belgian police visited one of Dutroux’s houses while two victims, both eight years old, were being held there without finding them.
The two later starved to death in a makeshift dungeon.
Under Belgian law, criminals can be freed after serving a third of their sentences, or after 15 years in the case of those who have received life.