Nicolas Maeterlinck

De Kock to stand trial in Belgium

Dave De Kock, one of two suspects in the case of the death of 4-year-old Dean Verberckmoes, will face prosecution in Belgium.  Dutch public prosecutors announced the news following a co-ordination meeting between Belgian and Dutch investigators.  De Kock is in jail in the Netherlands where he was arrested.  Dean’s body too was found in the Netherlands.

De Kock was arrested on Monday after the disappearance of the young boy he was looking after the previous Wednesday.  Dean would stay with De Kock and his Dutch girlfriend every Wednesday but against the agreement with Dean’s mum the child was not handed over to his grandparents on Thursday.

After questioning De Kock Dean’s body was later found on a small Dutch island in Zeeland.  De Kock appears in court in Amsterdam on Friday where a judge will decide on his surrender to Belgian authorities. The dossier will also be handed over to Belgian investigators and prosecutors.

The victim, his relatives and the suspects all have their domicile in Belgium.   It’s unclear whether Dean died in Belgium.  Detectives believe the boy may have been dead for several days before De Kock headed off to the Netherlands.

De Kock’s Dutch girlfriend was arrested on suspicion of abduction and murder yesterday following a search of premises in Sint-Gillis-Waas (East Flanders) where she lived with De Kock.

From now on only East Flemish prosecutors will communicate on the case.  No details of yesterday’s post-mortem in the Netherlands have been released.

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