A police psychiatrist has now been asked to examine the state of mind of the 45-year-old lorry driver from Temse. At issue is whether the man knocked the women off their bike on purpose. The accident happened in the vicinity of the town of Sint-Niklaas.
In one accident a 16-year-old girl broke three of her spinal vertebra. When police launched an investigation they soon discovered the driver had claimed other victims too. An 18-year-old woman was knocked over in Sint-Niklaas two months earlier, while a 36-year-old woman had a similar accident in Stekene in May of last year.
During questioning the driver confessed to two further incidents. A month before the trial started a psychiatrist advised that the suspect was accountable for his actions, but the judge now has his doubts and has requested a second opinion.