A convicted child rapist murdered two little sisters within months of being released from a Belgian prison, a court heard today.
Abdallah Aid Oud claims he had nothing to do with the killings despite being linked to one of the victims by DNA.
The deaths of step-sisters Stacy Lemmens, seven, and Nathalie Mahy, 10, brought new horror to a country still traumatised by the string of murders by paedophile Marc Dutroux a decade ago.
Their bodies were found in June 2006 after a three-week search.
Aid Oud was released from a secure psychiatric unit in December 2005, after serving a second sentence for child-sex offences.
The girls’ remains were found 10 yards apart stuffed into a storm sewer covered by thick undergrowth alongside a rail line running through Liege.
Their bodies were near a cafe where the girls had been with relatives before heading out to play during a late-night street party.
Prosecutors said Aid Oud abducted the girls during the festivities.
Although no witnesses saw him take them, police point to forensic evidence which they say links clothing fibres taken from the girls to the same fibres found on clothing taken from Aid Oud.
Investigators said they were also able to match DNA samples taken from strands of hair found on Aid Oud’s clothes with Stacy.
Aid Oud also failed a lie detector test after he turned himself in for questioning by police in the weeks after the crimes.
Prosecutors allege Aid Oud was in the area the night the girls went missing and he was the boyfriend of a waitress in the cafe visited by the girls and their parents.
The crimes revived painful memories of convicted paedophile Marc Dutroux, who snatched two eight-year-olds, Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo, from a Liege street in 1985, held them for months, before allowing them to starve to death locked in a basement while he served time for a minor offense.
He was eventually sentenced to life in 2004 for a string of murders, rapes and kidnaps.