A Belgian man has been jailed for life for the sexual assault and murder of two young girls. Abdullah Ait Oud had denied the charges, but the court accepted DNA and circumstantial evidence linking him to the killings of seven-year old Stacy Lemmens and 10-year old Nathalie Mahy.
The case revived memories of Belgian paedophile Marc Dutroux, who was given life for the kidnap, rape and murders of young girls in the mid-1990s.
The father of Stacy Lemmens said: “I think it is good. He is locked away. In view of what he has done to us, he will never be able to do that again, and that is good. It is a start, at least.”
Nathalie Mahy’s mother said: “I am happy he will never be able to harm anyone else, and at least justice has been done for the little ones.”
Stacy and Nathalie disappeared during a street festival in Liege in 2006, sparking a nationwide search. Their bodies were discovered three weeks later. Ait Oud had been previously convicted of kidnapping and raping a teenage girl in 2001, and of molesting a seven-year old girl in the 1980s.