The chance that the 63-year-old Belgian child murderer Marc Dutroux will make another mistake after his release is “considerable”, according to experts. This appears according to the Flemish newspaper The morning from a new psychiatric report.
A court in Brussels last year asked psychiatrists to screen Dutroux’s mental state. If the risk of recidivism was small, he could possibly be released early.
The bottom line is that Dutroux is still a “psychopathic sexual sadist” and “does not diminish the risk of recurrence,” said The morning.
According to the Liège expert in psychopathology Jérôme Englebert, it seems that Dutroux does not feel any responsibility. He demands a reopening of his case and thinks this will inevitably lead to acquittal. “He seems to believe strongly in that plan,” said Englebert.
Dutroux has now been detained for 24 years. He was sentenced to life in 2004 for the kidnapping, hostage-taking and rape of six girls and the murder of four of them.
In practice, life imprisonment in Belgium amounts to thirty years. A convicted person must have served two-thirds of his sentence to be eligible for parole. The convicted person must meet all kinds of extra conditions. Dutroux does not seem to comply.