Belgium: new demolition to erase the stigma of the Dutroux case

After the “house of horror”, the site of confiscation in Marsinelle, another residence of the Belgian criminal Marc Dutroux, will be demolished in Lobs (south), in agreement with the parents of the girls who were murdered there Was.

“Everything will be destroyed, torn to pieces, so that no trace remains anymore”, announced AFP Lucien Bauduin, mayor of Lobes, which includes the village of Sar-la-Bussière, where it is located.

The demolition site began on Monday, he said, and the aim is to let grass grow back in summer on this land acquired by the municipality after it was closed as part of a ‘judicial inquiry’.

It was in the garden of this property, buried several meters under the earth, that the bodies of Julie Lejeune and Melissa Rousseau were discovered in August 1996, two 8-year-old girls abducted a year earlier in the Liège region (east). I went.

Marc Dutroux, 66, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2004, was arrested on the spot a few days before the discovery.

He was found guilty of raping and abducting six girls and young girls in 1995–96, whom he had abducted earlier. Four of them are killed, including Julie and Melissa, who are left to starve by Dutroux.

The demolition of the Sars-la-Bussière property, “a ruin” according to the mayor, comes after a “house of horror” in Marcinelle, a popular district of Charleroi (south), where Marc Dutroux dismembered his victims. basement.

At the request of the victims’ families, the crypts will be preserved as part of an urban planning project for a “Memorial Garden”, which should see the light of day on this block of houses by the end of 2023.

In Sars-la-Bussière, instead of broken housing, “we tend more toward a public park, possibly embellished with one or two works of art, but not in the spirit of a monument”, Mr. Bauduin underlined.

According to the city councillor, the demolition site will be monitored 24 hours a day via video surveillance cameras attached to the local police station, in order to “prevent slightly malicious tourists from accessing the site and hiding something”.

In 1996, the house was abandoned as it was with its furniture.

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