Stijn Saelens

Apr 19 '18 09:07

Two Dutch men were sentenced to 15 and 27 years in prison for the murder of Belgian lord Stijn Saelens in his castle near the village of Bruges in 2012. Belgian man Andre G., the farther in law of the victim, also got 27 years for "ordering" his son-in-law's murder, RTL Nieuws reports.

Saelens, a 34-year-old real estate trader, disappeared at the end of January 2012. Traces of his blood and a bullet casing were found in his castle. His body was discovered in a well in a forest 10 kilometers away a few weeks later. 

May 3 '17 13:00

Andre G. confessed to ordering the murder of his son-in-law Stijn Saelens in his Belgian castle in 2012 in the court in Bruges on Tuesday. Two Dutch men are suspected of actually committing the murder.

G. told the court that ordering the murder was the only way to save his grandchildren from Saelens, who he suspected was sexually abusing them, NOS reports. Saelens was about to emigrate to Australia with his wife and children. "The children were in danger", he told the court. "It was my ultimate solution."

Jun 30 '15 16:45

Franciscus "Roy" L. from Tilburg has admitted to being involved in the murder of castle lord Stijn Saelens in Wingene Belgium, Omroep Brabant reports based on reports in Belgian media.

Jun 26 '15 16:35

Another Dutchman has been arrested in connection with the castle murder in Belgium in 2012, the Belgian Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.

Feb 17 '15 10:18

A man was arrested in the Netherlands in connection with the castle-murder in Belgium, the prosecutor in Bruges, who is investigating the case, announced on Monday. Justice in Belgium would not give any further information about what role the arrested man may have played in the murder, Omroep Brabant reports.

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