He had been incarcerated since October 30, 2019, at the Mont-de-Marsan prison center (Landes). Claude Sinké, the 84-year-old man suspected of having attacked a mosque, causing two injuries in Bayonne last October, died Wednesday, announced the prosecutor of Mont-de-Marsan, Olivier Janson.
This former FN candidate had been placed in pre-trial detention after being indicted for "attempted assassination", "violence" and "destruction of property by dangerous means, because of race or religion". Described as isolated and obsessed with Muslims, he had tried to burn down the place of worship, in the middle of the afternoon, by spraying the main door with petrol. The mental health of the octogenarian, who regularly made violent and xenophobic remarks, quickly found itself at the heart of the investigation.
A scheduled autopsy
After a "sudden deterioration in his state of health," said the prosecutor, Claude Sinké was taken to the emergency room in Mont-de-Marsan on Wednesday, where he died shortly after 9 p.m. Olivier Janson specifies that an autopsy will be carried out, as part of a procedure in search of the causes of death, automatically carried out when an inmate dies.
During his police custody, the octogenarian had indicated that he wanted to "take revenge" on the Notre-Dame fire, whose accidental track is favored, but which he bluntly attributed to Muslims. Before being arrested, he had brandished a weapon in front of the police.