Lhermitte sentenced to life-long in prison

Belga
Fri 19/12/2008 - 19:39 Geneviève Lhermitte was given the maximum sentence for the murder of her five children. The court and the jury did not take any extenuating circumstances into account.
The public prosecutor had asked for a sentence of 30 years in prison, but the court gave her the maximum sentence. In her closing statement Geneviève Lhermitte had said she would accept any punishment the court meted out.
She showed remorse for her acts of murder and apologised to the jury for the brutal details.

The jury came back with a 'guilty' verdict earlier in the day. The jury found Geneviève Lhermitte guilty of murder, not following the opinion of the psychiatrists who said she was not sound of mind when she committed the acts and could therefore not be held accountable.

The psychiatrists felt she should be interned in a psychiatric institution rather going to prison.