The Belgian woman who slaughtered her five children died by euthanasia: she had asked to end her life

Genevieve Lhermitte on trial for the murder of her five children (Reuters/pool)

the belgian Genevieve Lhermittesentenced in 2008 to life imprisonment for beheading his five childrendied this Wednesday by euthanasia in a hospital in the Wallonia region, in the south of the country, according to local press reports on Thursday.

Lhermitte, 56, died at the Léonard de Vinci hospital in Montigny-le-Tilleul by euthanasia, according to the newspaper de sudinfo. This has not yet been confirmed by those close to him, while the newspaper le soir notes that the woman had requested and obtained “euthanasia due to hopeless psychological suffering”.

On February 28, 2007, Lhermitte killed one after another his five children -Yasmine, born in 1992, Nora (1995), Myriam (1997), Mina (1999) and Medhi (2003)- in their respective rooms.

Genevieve Lhermitte
Lhermitte, her husband and their five children

After slitting the children’s throats with a knife, Lhermitte tried unsuccessfully to take his own lifetelephoned the emergency services and left two handwritten notes on the door of his house with the message “call the police”.

The correctional court of Nivelles, a town located south of Brussels, sentenced the mother to life imprisonment in December 2008, after the jury found her responsible for her actions and guilty of premeditated murder.

The case shocked Belgian public opinion, which promptly followed the development of the investigation and the trial.

Geneviève Lhermitte and her husband, the Moroccan Bouchaib Mokadem, did not seem to have any major problems, although, according to some testimonies collected by the prosecution, she felt completely socially isolated.

Mokadem, employed in the pharmaceutical sector, was on a business trip at the time of the events.

Genevieve Lhermitte
Genevieve Lhermitte

Until the very day of judgment, the psychiatrists who examined Lhermitte considered him responsible for his actions, despite the fact that he was in a state of acute anxiety and depression when he murdered his children.

But during the trial, a letter appeared that Lhermitte had written to his psychologist the day before the events and in which he it revealed his plans to commit suicide and take his children at his death.

A second analysis carried out after that revelation indicated that the woman could not be held responsible for her actions and recommended admitting her to a psychiatric clinic.

But the jury found against those recommendations and found Lhermitte guilty of premeditated murder.

(With information from EFE)

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