Decapitated body near Montauban: a man arrested


This man in his fifties, a roommate of the victim, allegedly confessed to having killed her after a brawl 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 at the edge of a road in Albias (Tarn-et-Garonne) was arrested, we learned 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.

Mutilation post-mortem

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. 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 », further specified Ms. 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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