“Murder is the correct description,” says public prosecutor on A …


Attorney General Frederic Vroman held his requisitoir at the assize trial against Mohamed Koukouh (71).
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Attorney General Frederic Vroman held his requisitoir at the assize trial against Mohamed Koukouh (71). According to the public prosecutor, the accused killed his ex-partner Rita Waeles (60) on March 7, 2018 in Veurne with premeditation.

During his requisitoir Frederic Vroman reflected extensively on the amnesia of the accused. For years he described the moment of the facts as a black hole. “That is to show that it happened on impulse, almost by accident. Don’t fall into that trap. Your brain works just so that you remember better when you are very angry. That red haze is nonsense, it doesn’t exist. ”

The prosecution maintains that Mohamed Koukouh was guilty of murder. “That is the correct description. I did not decide that qualification alone. The council chamber and the indictment chamber have already decided to refer the case to the assize court for murder. ” The defense may argue that there was no intention to kill. “What purpose can you have if you stab so hard in the heart area with such a thing? Did he want to stroke her with the awl? He could not fail by taking that action. ”

“She’s dead, I’m dead”

Immediately after the facts, the accused also made it appear to the local police officer. “She’s dead, I’m dead”, he would have said at the time. According to the court experts, he is also wise enough to be able to assess the consequences of his actions. “He knew what he was doing and he got what he wanted. Not only did he love to see mum, he also liked to see her dead. ”

According to Mohamed Koukouh, his wife had promised to give him some of their money back after the family court session. The accused said she lashed out with an awl after Waeles said she would continue to praise him. However, the attorney general pointed out to jurors that the witnesses did not hear those words. “And I actually also think that she hadn’t puffed it at that time.” According to the Public Prosecution Service, the accused had at least a plan when he had to bend down to grab an awl in his car.

The large number of awls and sharp objects in the car was also extensively mentioned. “What kind of explanation was that to me yesterday? How can you still use a star screwdriver after sharpening it? ” The Attorney General also could not understand why Koukouh himself took so much money to court. “Isn’t that bizarre? Wasn’t he going to get money there? ”

Finally, the requisitoir pointed to a number of elements that indicate that Koukouh carried out his plan calmly. Immediately after the fatal stab, the accused fled with screeching tires. “If he didn’t want Rita dead, wouldn’t he take care of her?” In addition, Mohamed Koukouh is said to have said goodbye to his youngest son two days before the facts. “Jamel seemed sincere to me. Koukouh has asked him several times if he would be angry if he hurt mother. Everything indicates that he planned it. There was no emotion, he has not acted in a daze. ”

Soon Koukouh’s lawyers will make their plea.

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