A clown and his yodelling sidekick, stars of the reality TV show Belgium’s Got Talent, have been arrested for the brutal murder of a mother of three in front of her children, after a rooftop stand-off with armed police, which was broadcast live on Facebook.
Kevin Lapeire, a winner of a prize for the best clown in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, entertained hundreds of sick children in the guise of his alter ego “Doctor Aspirin”.
But it's claimed the 31-year-old was unable to get on with the three teenage children of his 47-year old girlfriend, named as Caroline D in Belgian press, leading to their break-up a few days ago, Belgian media reported on Tuesday.
It is alleged that Lapeire roped in Dietwin Haegeman, 38, who he manages and who appears in Lapeire’s shows as “Clown Tobi”, to take revenge.
Haegeman is better known In Belgium as “Dietwin the Yodeller” a lederhosen-clad performer, who has released apres-ski themed yodelling pop singles in Dutch and who, like Lapeire, appeared on the Belgium’s Got Talent contest.
The pair are alleged to have broken into the home of the family in Oudenberg, close to the Belgian seaside town of Ostend, on Sunday night.
They are accused of tying up the 12, 15 and 17-year-old children who it is said they terrorised through the night before killing their mother in front of them with a knife, Belgian media, which speculated the ordeal was filmed, reported.