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Dutroux victim rounds on captor
Sabine Dardenne
Sabine Dardenne has given a dramatic testimony
A woman kidnapped by alleged Belgian child killer Marc Dutroux has turned on her former captor in court, telling him to "go to hell".

Sabine Dardenne also asked him why he did not why he did not hand her over to a larger paedophile ring he has said was behind his actions.

She was raped repeatedly while held for 80 days in 1996, when she was 12.

Another survivor, Laetitia Delhez, is also due to testify in the trial of Mr Dutroux, accused of killing four girls.

Aged 14 at the time, Ms Delhez was incarcerated for six days in the same basement cell as Ms Dardenne.

Both girls were rescued when Mr Dutroux led police to his house following his arrest in 1996.

He admits to kidnapping and rape charges - but denies involvement in the deaths of four other girls.


On Tuesday, Ms Dardenne continued to interrogate her captor during her dramatic courtroom testimony.

Laetitia Delhez (right) with her counsel
Laetitia Delhez is the only other surviving victim
She asked him why he had not handed her over to the alleged paedophile ring.

Mr Dutroux replied: "I did not give her because I knew that she was going to be killed.

"When I stay with someone for a time, I end up becoming attached to them."

Mr Dutroux apologised to both Ms Dardenne and Ms Delhez, saying he realised "the bad things" he had done.

However, Ms Dardenne rejected the apology, saying it was "too late" and asked the judge to silence Mr Dutroux.

"Is it not possible to silence this man?" she said.

"To be vulgar, he can go to hell with his excuses."

Julie Lejeune, 8, allegedly starved
Melissa Russo, 8, allegedly starved
An Marchal, 17, buried in garden
Eefje Lambrecks, 19, buried in garden
Sabine Dardenne, then aged 12 - survived
Laetitia Delhez, then aged 14 - survived
Ms Dardenne also rejected Mr Dutroux's implication that he had kidnapped another girl to provide her with a "friend" in captivity and had protected her from a paedophile network that had killed other girls.

"So, if I understand you, I should be thankful?" she asked.

The previous day, Ms Dardenne gave an emotional account of her captivity.

She asked Mr Dutroux: "Why did you not kill me?"

The 47-year-old ex-electrician replied that he had no intention of doing so.

Ms Dardenne also asked Mr Dutroux's ex-wife, co-defendant Michelle Martin, why she as a mother stood by and allowed the abuse to happen.

Ms Martin replied she did not expect Ms Dardenne to forgive the unforgivable.

'Conspiracy' claims

Mr Dutroux is on trial with three others over abductions, rapes and murders of girls in the mid-1990s.

Eight-year-olds Melissa Russo and Julie Lejeune died as captives in Mr Dutroux's home.

Two teenagers, An Marchal and Eefje Lambrecks, were murdered. Mr Dutroux blames his co-defendants for their deaths.

Many Belgians hope the trial may provide answers to broader questions - such as why it took so long to catch Mr Dutroux and whether he was part of a larger paedophile ring.

More than 400 witnesses are listed to give evidence in the trial, which is expected to last until June.

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