Renaud Hardy sentenced to life imprisonmentThursday, 08 March 2018 15:51
Earlier on Thursday, the prosecution had requested a life sentence for the accused. His lawyer, Frédérick Thiebault, did not suggest a sentence, but tried to convince the jury to consider three attenuating circumstances – his clean record, his personality and the fact that he suffers from Parkinson’s disease – in deciding on his sentence.
In his final statement before the jury’s deliberations, which lasted almost three hours, Hardy said he had always wondered why he acted the way he did and described his future sentence as a “disaster”.
Since he has been on remand for 2.5 years, Hardy could normally qualify for parole after 12.5 years. According to a report in today's issue of Het Nieuwsblad, the jury's decision to place him at the disposal of the sentence-enforcement tribunal - which decides whether prisoners can be paroled - means that the three members of the tribunal will have to make that decision unanimously.
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