By Dilip Kuner • 18 December 2019 • 18:18
De Cooman was arrested in Torremolinos. Credit: Belgian Federal police
SPANISH police have arrested a fugitive killer who fled from Belgium to escape a 15-year jail sentence for manslaughter.
Kevin De Cooman, who is Flemish, was arrested last night (Tuesday, December17) in Torremolinos on Spain’s Costa del Sol, Belgium’s Federal police have announced.
Despite the seriousness of his charges, De Cooman had been allowed to walk free of a court before his summons to jail as he was not thought to be a flight risk.
He had been found guilty of shooting dead a friend, Frederik Heyvaert in 2015. He then hid the body in his van and it was only discovered by police several months later.
Initially De Cooman told police that Heyvaert had committed suicide, but later changed his story to say he had accidentally shot him while showing him the gun.
On his disappearance De Cooman was added to the Most Wanted List in Belgium in November when police suspected he had fled abroad.
after he failed to show up in prison and following reports that he no longer had a fixed address in “Thanks to the support of the Spanish Fugitive Active Search Team [FAST], this fugitive was arrested last night in Torremolinos,” the federal police said in a press release.
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