Said to be the most hated man in Belgium, convicted child killer Marc Dutroux was refused an early release from prison on Monday
The former electrician was jailed for life in 2004 for the abduction, kidnap and rape of six teenage girls and the murder of four of them.
A court in Brussels rejected Dutroux’s personal plea for the right to finish his sentence at home with an electronic tag.
Last August, his former wife Michele Martin, who was jailed alongside Dutroux, was allowed to serve the remainder of her sentence in a convent.
Their crimes stunned Belgians as they’d both previously been released on good behaviour for the rape of five young girls a decade earlier.
Many Brussels residents strongly agreed with the court’s decision.
“A man like that should not even get away with his life. Everything he did was unacceptable. It’s unforgivable, “ said one woman.
Another said: “We must enforce the law for all citizens. So if Marc Dutroux has not been released, I guess our judges have complied with the law and court did its jobs, by reinforcing his sentence.”
Gülsüm Alan, our correspondent in Brussels said:
“In the coming months, Dutroux is likely to return to court with a stronger case for outright parole, without being electronically tagged. Worried that he may walk free, his mother’s warned against his release saying her son was “a repeat offender in his soul.”
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