Brussels Council Chamber – Richard Remes to request dismissal on Tuesday
Saturday, 20 September 2014
Lawyers for Richard Remes will plead for a dismissal in the case of the murder of a 17-month old girl in 1988. Remes is already serving a 30- year sentence for having doused his ex-mistress, Patricia Lefranc, with sulfuric acid in December 2009 and is now being charged with the murder of the child of another of his former companions “For us, the charges are not based on anything serious,” commented lawyer Mr. Dimitri de Beco on Friday accompanied by Mr. Hicham Chibane. “The whole issue is based solely on confessions that my client allegedly made to two people, including Patricia Lefranc. The confessions are quite subjective and do not hold water.”
The 17- month old victim was the child of Antoinette Gallemaers, Richard Remes’ partner at the time. In January 1988, she was found dead at the bottom of the building where she lived with her mother, on High Street in Brussels. Initially, investigators thought she had fallen but later found that she had been suffocated.
Richard Remes and Gallemaers Antoinette were both suspected and remanded. The case, however, resulted in a dismissal.
The case was reopened at the request of Antoinette Gallemaers after the acid attack made by Remes in December 2009. This second investigation resulted in the indictment of Remes, who will not be able to appear before the Council Chamber on Tuesday.
The prosecution will ask that the case be referred to the Criminal Court. Evidence will be presented in October 2015.