Decapitated body in Tarn-et-Garonne: a man arrested


The victim’s roommate, the man allegedly confessed to having killed her after a fight between them on the night of December 23 to 24, before butchering her body.

A man suspected of having killed the person whose decapitated body was discovered Friday by a road in Albias (Tarn-et-Garonne) was arrested, AFP learned on Monday from a judicial source.

This man in his fifties, a roommate of the victim, would have confessed to having killed her after a brawl between them on the night of December 23 to 24, before butchering her body, according to this source who confirmed information revealed by La Dépêche du Midi.

The decapitated body had been discovered by a couple of walkers on Friday, a few hours before Christmas Eve.

The victim is « a 31-year-old man known to the courts for traffic offenses and thefts, » the interim public prosecutor of Montauban, Anne Gaullier, said in a statement on Saturday.

An investigation opened for « murder »

According to the magistrate, the forensic pathologist noted « several stab wounds in the thorax and back and put forward the hypothesis of post-mortem mutilation of the body ».

The head was discovered on Saturday « a hundred meters from the scene in a plastic bag » while « two cut forearms were found the same evening near the body », added Anne Gaullier in her press release.

A criminal investigation was opened for « murder » and « attacking the integrity of a corpse » by the investigators who favored « the hypothesis of a heinous crime ». The suspect could be presented to a judge on Monday.

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