Second Dutroux victim gives evidence

Tuesday 20 April 2004 22.03
Marc Dutroux - Trial continues
Marc Dutroux - Trial continues

A second young woman who was kidnapped by the paedophile, Marc Dutroux, gave evidence at his trial in southern Belgium today.

Laetitia Delhez was 14 when she was held for six days in Dutroux's basement in 1996.

She declined to take the oath at the start of her testimony, saying that she vowed to tell the whole truth but could not speak without hatred or fear.

Yesterday, another woman, Sabine Dardenne, testified about her abduction and repeated rape by Dutroux.

Dutroux insisted today that he was protecting her from being killed when he abducted and serially abused her. The former electrician spoke out after 20-year-old Ms Dardenne asked him why he did not hand her over to the alleged paedophile ring he claims was behind his actions.

'I did not give her because I knew that she was going to be killed. When I stay with someone for a time, I end up becoming attached to them', he said.

Ms Dardenne, in court for a second day, said 'I am supposed to say thank you, if I understand correctly', before asking presiding judge Stephane Goux to 'make him be quiet.'

Dutroux is on trial with three others including his ex-wife over the series of abductions, rapes and murders of girls in the mid-1990s.

Ms Dardenne was 12 years old when she was abducted near the southern town of Tournai on 28 May, 1996.

Dutroux admits to kidnapping and rape charges, but denies involvement in the deaths of four other girls.