Belgian creche man also suspect in woman murder

Prosecutors said on Monday that he was also a suspect in the murder of a 73-year-old woman a week before last Friday's child care centre attack.

Belgian creche man also suspect in woman murder
The man charged with murdering two infants and a woman in a knife attack in Belgium last week made a first court appearance on Tuesday and was ordered to be held in custody for a further month.

Prosecutors confirmed the closed court session's ruling and that Kim De Gelder had attended but gave no further details.

De Gelder, a 20-year-old unemployed Belgian, has been charged with murdering six- and nine-month old babies and a 54-year old woman, and wounding 12 others, 10 of them children.

Prosecutors said on Monday that he was also a suspect in the murder of a 73-year-old woman a week before last Friday's child care centre attack.

De Gelder refused to speak to investigators for over two days but broke his silence on Monday and subsequently spoke to a lawyer appointed to defend him.

Lawyer Jaak Haentjens told Belgian media that De Gelder had denied any involvement in the stabbing of the elderly woman.

The attack at the Fabeltjesland -- Fairytale Land -- creche in Dendermonde, 30 km (20 miles) west of Brussels, has shocked the country.

The assailant arrived at the creche mid-morning on Friday with a white-painted face and blackened eyes saying he wanted to ask a question but then ran inside and started slashing at victims with a knife, first in a room of babies, then one with toddlers.

Reuters
Last Mod: 27 Ocak 2009, 15:29
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