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Who is Bernard Wesphael's Wife? Find the Details of His Married Life Here

Heisenberg Published On Mon Mar 29 2021   Modified On Mon Mar 29 2021
Who is Bernard Wesphael's Wife? Find the Details of His Married Life Here

Learn about the wife of the Belgian politician Bernard Wesphael.

One of the most popular and recent Netflix shows, 'Under Suspicion: Uncovering the Wesphael Case,' has been making the name Bernard Wesphael quite well-known among the American audiences. 

Bernard is not your ordinary subject of a Netflix series. He's a former member of the Belgian parliament, and the Netflix show portrays quite a mind-boggling unfolding of incidents in his life that changed him forever.

Bernard was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife, Véronique Pirotton, in 2013, and 'Under Suspicion' explores the case that investigates the crime. Here's how it unfolds.

Bernard Wesphael was Arrested in Charge of Murdering His Own Wife, Véronique Pirotton

In 2013, Belgian politician Bernard Wesphael came under the accusation that he murdered his wife, Véronique Pirotton, in their hotel in Belgium. It is one of the prominent high-profile cases in recent years, and many people's interest has been drawn to it following the release of the Netflix show.

Bernard Wesphael was arrested in charge of murdering his own wife, Véronique Pirotton.

Bernard Wesphael was arrested in charge of murdering his own wife, Véronique Pirotton.
Source: The Brussels Times

After his wife, Véronique, was found dead in an Ostend hotel room, Bernard got arrested in November 2013. On his defense, the Belgian politician claimed that she had actually committed suicide.

According to him, he traveled to Ostend on the Wednesday evening to spend time with his wife, with whom he'd been married for 14 months. They had decided to take a two-day mini-break together. 

The couple spent the evening drinking, and after that, they returned to their hotel room where Véronique experienced 'a very strong seizure, a sort of delirium.' She insulted him, fell over a few times, and tried to scratch him. After some time, she calmed down and went to the bathroom.

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At this point, Bernard claims that he went to sleep. After 40 minutes, he wakes up and finds his wife dead. He tries resuscitation in an attempt to revive her and also goes down to the hotel reception to ask for help.

Wesphael Remained in Custody For Ten Months After the Incident

Bernard Wesphael's story was not convincing to the detectives. The investigators discovered bruises on Pirotton's body and also pillow fibers on her face, suggesting someone might have suffocated her.

Wesphael served ten months in custody after the death of his wife.

Wesphael served ten months in custody after the death of his wife.
Source: Bustle

However, the analysis of detectives conflicted with the autopsy report as it was also found that Pirroton might have died from a mixture of drugs and alcohol. But they could not confirm it as asphyxiation, whether suicidal or accidental.

Bernard remained in custody for 10 months after the incident. He was released on bail in August 2014. He was tried in court again, beginning in 2015, but the trial in September 2016 could not convict him beyond a reasonable doubt. On October 6, he got acquitted.

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As per Nieuwsblad, Bernard was a founding member and chairman of the Ecolo party, a green-focused political movement. He had left the party and politics overall after his trial. But following the pandemic, he's changed his mind. He recently started a new political party, Movement for Democracy and Citizenship, and is focused on 'concrete proposals' to help the 'citizen's movement.'

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