The former wife and accomplice of Belgian child killer Marc Dutroux arrived late Tuesday night at a convent near Brussels following her early release from prison.
Michelle Martin has been freed conditionally after serving only half her 30-year jail term
But her reception was less than welcoming as protesters made their feelings known for the woman convicted for helping to carry out and cover up one of Belgium’s most notorious child sex crimes.
The convent in the village of Malonne is where a Brussels court said Martin is to be allowed to come and go as she pleases but under the supervision of nuns and probation workers.
One Malonne resident said she had known the village since her childhood: “All my family is from here. My children are also studying here. And we are afraid to see what is going to happen when they go to school. Justice. Thank you, thank you very much.”
Martin was convicted of leaving two girls to starve to death while they were left in a basement dungeon by her husband. Dutroux is serving life for the kidnap and rape of six girls – only two of whom survived.