Farm worker surrenders a month after brutal murder of septuagenarian

He presented himself spontaneously to the police station in Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), Sunday around 1 p.m. The man wanted for having stabbed to death a septuagenarian a month ago was indicted for murder and imprisoned on Monday announced Rodolphe Jarry, the public prosecutor of Pau. The suspect is a 20-year-old farm worker residing in Lot-et-Garonne. “He made no statement on the merits”, specifies the magistrate, who does not give more information as to the motive for the homicide.

The body of the 71-year-old victim was found in his apartment in the popular district of Ousse-des-Bois in Pau, on May 1, shortly after 8 p.m., following an alert given by his daughter, worried about not having any news.

The suspect filmed leaving the building

The autopsy established that the death, which occurred between Saturday April 29 and Monday May 1, was “consecutive to several penetrating wounds in the chest and abdomen”, specifies the magistrate. The victim received “59 wounds by a sharp or stinging object, including 28 in depth”, he adds.

The defendant, who surrendered on Sunday, had been filmed by CCTV entering the victim’s building before emerging less than an hour later, holding a knife the length of 13cm. The object was later found by law enforcement investigators in a nearby body of water.

The investigations are now continuing under the authority of an investigating judge in order to determine the exact circumstances of the murder. “It will be a question in particular of collecting the precise statements of the indicted as to the facts”, specifies Rodolphe Jarry.

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