Updated May 6, 2021, at 11:15 p.m.
- In a small town near Bordeaux, a mother of three was shot dead on the street by her ex-husband. She died.
- The exceptionally heinous crime is beyond the bounds of society.
A particularly heinous crime frightens France: near Bordeaux, a man shot and killed his estranged wife so she was burned alive, police said Wednesday. The mother of three died on the street in a middle-class residential area called Merignac, west of Bordeaux.
According to police, the 44-year-old offender initially chased the 31-year-old on the street and shot him in the leg with a gun, after which he fell. He then poured it with flammable liquid and set it on fire.
Suspected guilty of domestic violence with criminal record
The man was arrested by police shortly after the crime. A lawyer in Bordeaux said he had a gun, a gas pistol and an ammunition belt.
The judiciary is investigating him for intentional murder. According to the state prosecutor’s office, the culprit was already known to police. He was jailed for domestic violence last year.
The children were not home at the time of the crime
Alain Anjiani, mayor of the city of Marignac, said the woman’s death caused “great excitement” in the community of 70,000 people. The couple has three children, aged three, seven and eleven. According to police, you were not at home at the time of the crime. They needed psychological support. (afp / mcf)
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