Belgian Mother Murder: In 2007, a Belgian woman killed her own five children. This case shook the country. After this, the lawyer of a woman named Genevieve Lhermitte informed on Thursday (March 2) that she was given euthanasia on request after 16 years in the murder case.
Geneviève Lhermitte slit the throats of her son and four daughters, aged between three and 14, with a kitchen knife in the family home in the town of Nivelles on February 28, 2007. Genevieve Lhermitte’s husband was out of the house at the time of the incident.
Genevieve Lhermitte tried to commit suicide by stabbing herself again after killing the children, but her attempt failed, as she called the emergency number and asked for help, which saved the woman’s life by coming on time. Geneviève Lhermitte was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008 before being moved to a mental hospital in 2019.
Nicolas Cohen, a 56-year-old lawyer for Genevieve Lhermitte, told local media that his client was executed by euthanasia on Tuesday (February 28), 16 years after the murder, reports AFP.
Belgian law allows people to be euthanized if they are deemed to be suffering from intolerable psychological, not just physical, suffering that cannot be cured. For this one must be aware of one’s decision and must be able to express one’s will in a reasoned and coherent manner. Genevieve Lhermitte’s lawyer said that this is a special process, which was followed by Genevieve Lhermitte, in which different medical opinions were included.
wanted to end life
Psychologist Amelie Maroit told the RTL-TVI channel that Lermitte probably decided to die on February 28 in a symbolic gesture out of respect for his children. Emily Maroit said that it could also be because what she had started ended, because basically she wanted to end her life. when he killed the children. Belgium was rocked by the 2007 quintuple murders.
10 percent more than in 2021
Lhermitte filed a civil lawsuit in 2010 seeking three million euros ($3.18 million) from a former psychiatrist who made the allegations. Last year, 2,966 people died through euthanasia in Belgium, which is 10 per cent more than in 2021, according to officials. Cancer is cited as the first reason for euthanasia.
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