Clown who appeared on Belgium’s Got Talent 'murdered girlfriend in front of her three children'

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<em>Belgian clown Kevin Lapeire is accused of murdering his girlfriend in front of her children (CEN)</em>
Belgian clown Kevin Lapeire is accused of murdering his girlfriend in front of her children (CEN)

A celebrity clown who appeared on Belgium’s Got Talent has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend in front of her three children.

Kevin Lapeire is alleged to have killed a 47-year-old-woman, known only as Caroline D, after tying up her children, aged 12, 15 and 17.

The 31-year-old – one of only five professional clowns in Belgium – broadcast himself live on Facebook during an armed stand-off with police.

<em>Lapeire livestreamed an armed stand-off with police on Facebook (CEN)</em>
Lapeire livestreamed an armed stand-off with police on Facebook (CEN)
<em>The famous clown appeared on Belgium’s Got Talent (CEN)</em>
The famous clown appeared on Belgium’s Got Talent (CEN)

Lapeire allegedly stabbed Caroline to death after they split up in a revenge attack on Sunday – Belgium’s Mother’s Day.

He was spotted on top of a 13-storey apartment building in Bredene, close to his parents’ home, on Monday, waving a pistol.

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Footage on Facebook Live showed him throwing a gas canister from the roof, and firing into the sky.

After a four hour stand-off, Lapeire, who regularly performed for sick children at hospitals, surrendered by pulling his jumper over his had while holding his hands up in the air.

<em>The 31-year-old reportedly didn’t get along with his girlfriend’s teenage kids (CEN)</em>
The 31-year-old reportedly didn’t get along with his girlfriend’s teenage kids (CEN)

The children’s father told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws: ‘It’s too horrible, especially my children.’

The victim’s body was found in a garage by emergency services on Monday.

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