Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated this brief account of a recent incident in Brussels. There’s no indication that cultural enrichment played a part in the crime, except for the modus opeerandi, plus the fact that it occurred in the Sint-Jans-Molenbeek district:
From Het Laatste Nieuws:
Woman in peril of death from acid-attack in Brussels
In the Brussels municipality of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, yesterday afternoon a 45-year-old woman was seriously injured when corrosive acid was thrown in her face. The woman is severely burned and in critical condition in a hospital. A man (neighbor of the woman) with whom she had had a long dispute was arrested, but it is not clear whether he has confessed yet. This is what the Brussels public prosecutor made public.
The attack took place around 14.30 yesterday afternoon in an apartment building at the
Sippelberghlaan [map]. The woman, Carmen L., was in her apartment with a friend when an unknown man, wearing a motorbike helmet and suit, rang the doorbell and said through the videophone that he had a package to deliver for her. Carmen L. went down with the elevator to the entrance hall where the man threw the corrosive acid in the face. He then he pulled her hair and tried to poor the remaining acid down her neck.
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The woman started screaming, after which the offender ran off. Carmen L. managed to stumble out of the entry hall and seek help from a friend who worked in the adjacent building. She then was brought to a hospital with serious injuries. Carmen L. managed to declare that she had a long-running quarrel with a neighbor in the same apartment building. Police after a search of the apartment of the man and also arrested him there. He was remanded in custody by investigating judge Minot, but it is not clear whether he also has confessed to the facts.