A 78-year-old man was taken into police custody on the morning of Friday January 27 after appearing in an annex town hall in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, accusing himself of having killed his wife, we learned from concordant sources.
The septuagenarian "
was placed in police custody for intentional homicide
", told AFP the public prosecutor of Rouen, Frédéric Teillet, confirming information from the local news site 76actu.
Suspect unknown to justice
He is suspected of having killed his 73-year-old wife.
The suspect presented himself at the home of the citizen of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray with a suitcase to say that he had killed his wife.
A saucepan bearing traces of blood was found inside the home
,” added Frédéric Teillet.
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In the office of the mayor of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, it is specified that municipal police officers had first accompanied the man to his home after he had denounced himself to the municipal services.
They then informed the national police because "
the death did not look natural
The suspect is unknown to justice
,” said the prosecutor, indicating that he had not yet been heard on Friday at the start of the afternoon to explain his act.
The investigation was entrusted to the criminal brigade of the departmental security of Rouen.
In 2021, 122 women were killed in France under the blows of their spouse or ex-spouse, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior.