Butcher Bruno stabbed his ex-son-in-law to death with a fillet knife: he will appear in court on Friday (Ham)

Butcher Bruno stabbed his ex-son-in-law to death with a fillet knife: he will appear in court on Friday (Ham)
Butcher Bruno stabbed his ex-son-in-law to death with a fillet knife: he will appear in court on Friday (Ham)
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After years of family feud, Bruno B. stabbed his ex-son-in-law Tim Wils to death with a fillet knife. The former Heppen butcher will appear in court on Friday. Not for assizes, but correctional. The civil parties can still change this.

The fatal stabbing took place on October 30, 2022 in the Viooltjesstraat in Ham. In the entrance hall of his house, Bruno B., who used to run a village butcher’s shop in Heppen, killed Tim Wils. There had been high tension between the two for years. The reason was the relationship between victim Tim Wils (40) from Olmen in Antwerp and Bruno B.’s daughter, which had ended. That didn’t happen without a fight. Wils was even given a six-month restraining order. Two days after the ban expired, the forty-something man stood at the door of his former parents-in-law.

Victim Tim Wils.

Victim Tim Wils. — © rr

Two stab wounds

He came to tell his story with a stick in his hands. The man wanted to get his things back that were supposed to have been with B.. It wasn’t the first time he showed up unwanted. The long-standing argument had completely escalated. On the day of the facts, Wils reached the entrance hall. There a skirmish broke out. Bruno B. had a fillet knife in his pocket and lashed out. Once he hit Wils superficially, but the second time it was a good hit. The ex-son-in-law collapsed. Neighbors rushed to try to resuscitate him while waiting for the arrival of the emergency services. Ultimately, the Olmen resident would succumb in the hospital not much later.

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Calling witnesses

A murder investigation followed. After completion, the public prosecutor ruled that Wils had provoked the murder. The file will therefore move to the criminal court. Bruno B. faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. If he appeared before the court of assizes, the accused would risk life imprisonment for a possible murder conviction. Philip Daeninck, lawyer for the civil parties, does not agree with this. “To us this is murder. We dispute the incitement.” If the criminal court follows the civil parties in this regard, it must declare itself incompetent for this file. Then there is a chance that Tim Wils will still be sentenced to death. However, this will still take a very long time and involve numerous procedures. There will be no oral arguments in Hasselt on Friday and an agenda hearing is planned. So to be continued. Whether or not for assizes or for the criminal court.

The article is in Dutch

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