Antwerp court sent serial killer accused of four murders in 1997 to Criminal Court

Belgium: A court in Antwerp court has sent a window washer from Deurne to the Criminal Court on Thursday. The man is accused of four murders committed between 1992 and 1997, as per the sources.

The 57-year-old Stephaan Du Lion already confessed to the murders he had committed, but still, the murder is not clear.

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Du Lion was apprehended in October 2018 for the 1992 murder of Ariane Mazijn, then 30, whose body was discovered by a friend in a studio apartment in Antwerp. She had been strangled with a cord and had multiple cuts and stab injuries.

Moreover, the police linked Du Lion to the murder of Mazijn through his DNA, as he had been included in a DNA database after being convicted for attempted robbery in 2015.

In September 2019, Du Lion was also charged with the murder of Eva Poppe, 38-year-old, also after a DNA match. She was murdered on September 5, 1997, in her apartment in the Luchtbal district of Antwerp. She had also been strangled with a rope and had been stabbed several times in the chest.

Along with this, Du Lion has confessed to murdering the two women, and in October 2019, he admitted to two additional killings, also in the 1990s.

These murders were Lutgarda Bogaerts, 28-year-old, who was strangled with the lock of his bicycle near the Albert Canal in Oelegen on July 10, 1993, as well as Maria Van Den Reeck, 46-year-old, who was strangled with the cord of a curling iron in her apartment in Borgerhout on November 24, 1994.

Furthermore, the prosecution mentioned Du Lion to the Criminal Court for these four murders. The trial is expected to start later on this year or early in 2023.

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