Assisted trial around deadly shooting at Adolphe Saxplein starts with musical chairs: three jurors drop out on first day of trial (Brussels)
The trial of two people in their twenties who have to answer for the fatal shooting at the Adolphe Saxplein in Ixelles in the summer of 2020 started on Thursday before the Brussels Court of Assizes. The first day of the trial started on a false note, when it turned out that as many as three jurors must be replaced.
23-year-old Steven Kumba was discovered seriously injured near Adolphe Saxplein on the afternoon of August 20, 2020. The man received two bullets in the buttock and was taken to hospital in critical condition, where he died of his injuries. Another person was injured in the shooting. It involved a young man who had suffered a gunshot wound to his left foot.
Police and park immediately opened an investigation, which quickly led to Jason Y. (24) and Rayan M. (26). Investigators cannot be arrested in the duo, but the two suspects went to the police themselves in mid-September. They were interrogated by the investigating magistrate.
The two summaries are currently on trial before the Brussels court of assistance, where they must answer for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter. Last Monday, the twelve-member jury was composed, which was supplemented by five reserve jury members.
Shortly after the start of the trial on Thursday morning, only two reserve jurors have passed. One of them was absent in the morning due to illness, just like one of the effective jurors. Another juror said that they knew the public prosecutor from the sports club and that they have mutual friends and acquaintances.
After deliberation, the assize presiding judge ruled out sending the juror home. Then the process continued with the reading of the participation certificate. A verdict is expected at the earliest late next week.