Martin released from prison
Michelle Martin, ex-wife and accomplice of serial killer Marc Dutroux, has been released from prison to live in a convent in Wallonia. Martin has served 16 years of a 30-year sentence. She will now serve the rest of her sentence in the convent, under strict conditions. She may not, for example, set foot in the provinces of Liège or Limburg, where the families of her victims live.
Martin was convicted in 2004 of acting as Dutroux’s accomplice in the kidnapping of six young girls and in the murder of four of them. She is most associated with the deaths of two eight-yearolds, Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo, who she allowed to die of dehydration in an underground basement room while Dutroux was in prison on other charges.
“We knew there was no more to be done,” commented Jean Lambrecks, father of 19-yearold victim Eefje, following the court’s ruling confirming Martin’s release. “The law, as it now stands, was enforced.”
Paul Marchal is the father of Eefje’s friend An, also a victim of Dutroux. “I have fought for 17 years, and now I’m going to let go of some of the emotions and think rationally about what I can do next,” he commented.