Cycling up a frozen hill between Brakel and Ronse in the middle of winter 1983-1984 and the world was young.
Fast forward almost thirty years. Snow Patrol with Chasing Cars, 2006.
'Hicham must have been influenced by somebody', thinks father Ahmed. 'An armed robbery is not his thing. He is a sensitive young man who often reacts very emotionally.'
'What was he thinking? He didn't need money, because he had a job. How sad the jeweller did not shoot in the air. That would certainly have caused Hicham and Hassan to flee. I am sure that Hicham never wanted to kill somebody.'
The father understands that the family of the dead mother demands a heavy sentence for his son. 'I am mourning twice', he says. 'For the dead woman, her children and her family. Their suffering cannot be described with words, that I understand all too well. But I also mourn for my son, because I have lost him too now. And I do not know how long that is going to last.'
'The family of the victim asks that my son never be released from jail. I realize he must be convicted, but I know the Hicham how he was before he got behind bars for the first time in his life. He is a good boy. I fear that a long sentence will only turn him into a bad boy. And in the end nobody's gonna win by that.'