Fatal blows outside Gosselies discotheque: conditional release for suspect
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    Fatal blows outside Gosselies discotheque: conditional release for suspect

    A verbal altercation took place over a cigarette which later resulted in the two fighting.

    Anas A., accused of aggravated assault and battery causing unintentional death, has been released by the investigating judge in the case. In September 2017, he had commited assault and battery upon Tomy D., a young man aged 26, coming out of a discotheque in Gosselies (part of Charleroi).

    On the night of 23/24 September 2017, the victim was coming out of a night club in Gosselies, where he had been celebrating his new job with the firm Securitas. Accompanied by two friends, he had been involved in a verbal altercation with Anas A. regarding a cigarette. No fight took place within the establishment, but the suspect had followed Tomy D. to the car park.

    A Muay Thai boxing enthusiast, Anas A. had struck two blows to his opponent, breaking his teeth in the first blow and fracturing a bone in the throat area on the second blow. Suffering an internal haemorrhage, the young man died before the emergency services arrived.

    Identified and questioned a fortnight later, the suspect acknowledged having hit the victim, but continued to deny intending to kill him. The investigating judge had the man arrested for aggravated assault and battery causing unintentional death.

    The Charleroi Public Prosecutor has stated that, after five and half months on remand, the investigating judge has ordered that the man be released. Anas A. has therefore been released but subject to strict conditions.

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times