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First suspect released, second arrested in killing of woman in Evere

12:48 14/06/2021

Following the release of the original suspect arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a woman in Evere, a second suspect has been arrested. He is being held by police while a knife and bloody sweater found in his home are being examined.

On 30 May, 36-year-old Mouniah Ouyahia was stabbed on Avenue Franz Guillaume, reportedly by a stranger. It was earlier reported that she had been followed by the man when leaving a butcher’s, but this is still unclear.

She had, in any case, been visiting her brother earlier and was on her way home at about 19.30 when she was attacked. She died in hospital from her injuries. She had been pushing her baby in a pram, but the baby was unharmed.

A young man found in the area with a bloody pair of scissors was quickly arrested. He was known to police as having mental health problems. He denied all involvement in the attack and was later released when the blood was confirmed to be his own.

A second suspect has since been arrested, a 26-year-old man who lives in the area. He was identified as the perpetrator by witnesses to the attack but denies any involvement.

The man said he had not left his apartment on the evening of the attack, but security camera footage shows him on the street. A knife and a sweater with blood on it were found in his home. He is being held in custody while tests are carried out.

Photo courtesy VRT

 

Written by Lisa Bradshaw