BELGIUM'S top court ruled that the serial child killer, Marc Dutroux, pictured, must remain behind bars, after the convicted paedophile's own mother pleaded with the judges to reject his parole request because she was certain he would strike again.
Dutroux (56) had asked the court to release him into house arrest just eight years into his life sentence for the rape and kidnap of six girls and the murder of four of them. He argued that he could work as a plumber or a mechanic while wearing an electronic tracking bracelet.
But Jeannine Dutroux said she could not bear for her son to be freed within her lifetime.
"I am certain he would start again. He has no sense of reality. He is a repeat offender," the 78-year-old said. "Marc isn't ready to be released because he still wants to attribute to others the responsibility for what he did . . . Sooner or later, he will come out, but I hope I am no longer of this world when this happens."
Dutroux was arrested in 1996 and finally convicted in 2004 for the kidnap and rape of six girls, aged between eight and 19, and the murder of four of them. (© Independent News Service)