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Published on Feb 22, 2013
 

Belgium's 'Joker' on trial for horrific nursery killings

 
 

BRUSSELS (AFP) - An assize court in Ghent on Friday hears a 53-page charge-sheet against a young Belgian who disguised himself as Batman foe "The Joker" before going on a killing spree at a nursery four years ago that chilled the nation.

Kim De Gelder, now aged 24, will be formally charged with killing two infants and their 54-year-old minder in an attack on "Fable Land" day care centre in the town of Dendermonde in 2009.

He will also be accused of murdering an elderly woman in a separate attack a week earlier, and be charged for attempted murder on 22 people, including 16 babies and toddlers at the creche.

The jury of eight men and four women will be told by the prosecution that after initial disagreements, psychiatric experts had deemed the accused could stand trial as he was "able to distinguish between good and evil" when the killings took place.