“I cannot ask for forgiveness for what I have done because it is unforgivable,” Alexandre Hart, thought of as the leader of the group, said. “But I present my excuses to Valentin’s family.”
Medical examiners in the trial said that Hart, now 21 but now 19 at the time of the events, fits the psychological profile of a psychopath.
Belinda Donnay, suspected of having assisted Hart in throwing Vermeesch into the river, said: “I wanted to explain, during the trial, why I did not put an end to all of it,” she said. “But I don’t have the answer. I am sorry for Valentin’s family. What he suffered is unforgivable and inexplicable.”
Fellow defendants Dorian Daniels, Loick Masson and Killian Wilmet said they “immensely regretted,” their actions and the first two said they “never intended to kill their victim.”
On Tuesday, the jury is set to start deliberations under strict conditions, as they will be locked in a Liège hotel room for several days with no contact with the outside world.
After deliberating on almost a hundred questions regarding the acts of the five accused, the jury’s verdict will be read in a public hearing.