Suspect arrested in connection with murder of retired Brussels jeweller
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    Suspect arrested in connection with murder of retired Brussels jeweller

    The lifeless body of this man, aged 89,  was discovered at his home in rue Homère. Credit: Federal police

    Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a retired jeweller in Brussels, found dead in his home where the suspected murder weapon was also left behind.

    The man, who reportedly denies any implication in the murder, was brought before an investigating judge last week, a spokesperson with the public prosecutor’s office confirmed.

    “The suspect appeared before the investigating judge on [5 December] and was arrested,” spokesperson Stéphanie Lagasse said, adding that the man’s detention had been maintained by the council chamber of a trial court, before which he appeared on Tuesday.

    He was arrested in connection with the murder of 89-year-old Daniël Vander Meuter, a retired jeweller, who was found dead in his home in Anderlecht by a relative at the beginning of October.

    Police established that Vander Meuter had died from multiple stabbing wounds, and found the suspected murder weapon still inside the victim’s home.

    The discovery failed to immediately lead police to a suspect and a public appeal for information was launched some ten days after the victim’s body was found.

    Authorities did not say whether the arrest of the suspect, a 49-year-old man, was the result of a tip, and have not said whether there was any link between the suspect and the victim, BX1 reports.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times