Liesje Van Roy has in Gert’s Table read a moving letter in tribute to her father, who was gruesomely murdered in 2001. A letter that she was not allowed to read in court last summer.
Liesje Van Roy was seven months old when her father Gert from Hemiksem, the bartender at a golf club in Lille, was kidnapped and tortured by three men. He was later murdered in Brasschaat. The Assize Court sentenced the three perpetrators to life imprisonment in 2003.
When one of the three perpetrators appeared before the sentencing court in Beveren prison last summer, the surviving relatives were also given the opportunity to speak. But the judge then snapped at Gert Van Roy’s daughter: “Who are you? You shouldn’t be here at all! You were still a baby then!” “Nevertheless, the court of assizes had awarded her compensation as a civil party and she had been allowed to speak at previous hearings of sentencing courts,” said her uncle, the victim’s brother, at the time.
In Gert’s Table On Monday evening, Liesje was given the opportunity to read a revised version of the letter she had prepared.
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