Nordine Amrani Raid in 2007 Uncovered a Huge arsenal of weapons including powerful rifles and rocket launchers... but he was NOT deemed Dangerous
The arsenal was uncovered by police during a raid of the gunman's home during October 2007 and also includes several other powerful rifles, ammunition, and what appears to be a flak jacket.
Yesterday, Amrani's lawyer said he carried out the attack because he feared being sent to back to prison for a sex crime.
The 32-year-old convicted criminal, who was due to marry his long-term girlfriend, used grenades and a semi-automatic rifle to cause carnage in the Belgian city before turning a revolver on himself.
Among his victims was a 45-year-old cleaning lady whom he shot dead near his home on Tuesday morning, as well as a 17-month old baby boy.
Defence lawyer Jean-Francois Dister said Amrani, a Belgian from a Moroccan background, was on parole and was due to answer a summons about allegedly ‘sexually molesting’ a young woman.
He is thought to have attacked the unnamed victim after driving alongside her in his van. Its number plate was captured by CCTV.
One of Amrani’s numerous previous convictions was for rape, for which he had been given a two-year suspended sentence in 2003.