Belgian woman gets 27 years in jail for killing six-year-old daughter

Belgian woman gets 27 years in jail for killing six-year-old daughter
Caroline Boreux during her trial. Credit: Belga

The Walloon Brabant Assise Court sentenced Caroline Boreux to 27 years in prison on Friday afternoon after finding her guilty of the murder of her six-year-old daughter.

Earlier in the day, after more than four hours of deliberating, the court had convicted Boreux for the murder of her daughter on 1 March 2019 in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belga News Agency reports.

Noting that there is a cluster of serious, specific and concordant presumptions, the court found the accused guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The judgment also noted the multiple inconsistencies and contradictions in the testimonies given by the accused to exonerate herself.

Denying claims

The accused denied the facts and claimed that three armed and masked men attacked her daughter in her flat. They allegedly drugged her and then forcibly threw her into a bath full of water. She said that, upon awakening, she found her daughter unconscious in the living room and performed chest compressions, after which she called the emergency services. The girl had been strangled.

She reiterated her innocence in her final words before the jury retreated.

"All my life I will fight to find out what happened. I feel so guilty for not being able to protect my daughter... I would never have been able to hurt my children, my daughter or my son. I love my children. And I don't understand why I am being accused. I will always fight to know the truth," Boreux said.

As soon as the verdict was announced, public prosecutor Laurent Gérard requested the immediate arrest of the accused. The prosecution said it was worried that Boreux, who has been wearing an electric bracelet, might try to flee the country or commit suicide.

However, after discussing for a few minutes, the Court concluded that there was no reason to fear that the accused would try to escape and opted not to order her immediate arrest.

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