Release my son and he will start again, serial child-killer Marc Dutroux's mother warns

Paedophile serial killer’s parole request denied by Belgian court after 16 years in prison

Belgium’s top court ruled today that the serial child-killer, Marc Dutroux, must remain behind bars, after the convicted paedophile’s own mother pleaded with the judges to reject his parole request  because she was certain he would  strike again.

Dutroux, 56, had asked the court to release him into house arrest just eight years into his life sentence for the rape and kidnap of six girls and the murder of four of them. He argued that he could work as a plumber or a mechanic while wearing an electronic tracking bracelet.

But in an interview published the morning of the court ruling, Jeannine Dutroux told Le Soir that she could not bear for her son to be freed within her lifetime.

“I am certain he would start again. He has no sense of reality. He is a repeat offender,” the 78-year-old told the Belgian news magazine. “Marc isn’t ready to be released because he still wants to attribute to others the responsibility for what he did... Sooner or later, he will come out, but I hope I am no longer of this world when this happens.”

The judge reached the same conclusion, deciding that there was no realistic prospect for the rehabilitation and resettlement of Dutroux.

It was not the first time that Mrs Dutroux had intervened to try and warn the authorities about her son. In the late 1980s, when he was serving time for child rape and abduction, she wrote to the prison director and said she was concerned “what he has in mind for the future”. 

Her pleas went unheeded, and Dutroux was released to attack again – with fatal consequences.

Dutroux was arrested in 1996 and finally convicted in 2004 for the kidnap and rape of six girls aged between eight and 19, and the murder of four of them. His ex-wife, former schoolteacher Michelle Martin, was sentenced to 30 years for assisting the kidnapping and complicity in the deaths of two girls.

She was allowed early release last year, on the condition that she went to  live in a remote convent in southern Belgium, provoking outrage from the victims’ relatives.

It is a particularly sensitive case for the Belgian authorities, with police and  judicial officials accused of a series of  errors. Dutroux and Martin – whose case invoked comparisons with Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley – were jailed in 1986 on charges of abduction and rape of five girls, but released for  good behaviour just  a few years into  their sentences.

In 1996, police visited and searched the couple’s home while two eight-year-old girls were being held captive in a makeshift dungeon below the unassuming house in Marcinelle, central Belgium. They left without taking action, and the girls later died of starvation.

The two other victims – aged 17 and  19 – were buried alive. A 12-year-old and 14-year-old were rescued from the dungeon alive.

Prisoners in Belgium can apply for  parole after serving a third of their sentence or 15 years of a life sentence. Including his incarceration while awaiting conviction, Dutroux has spent 16 years in jail for the crimes.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Administrative Assistant / Order Fulfilment

£14000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity to join a thrivi...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped OTE: SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consulta...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped OTE: SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consulta...

Recruitment Genius: Production Operative

£13000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to a period of sustained an...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent