Day after day, revelations about the death of a sexagenarian on Christmas Eve in the village of Saint-Pierre-d'Eyraud (Dordogne) confirm the hypothesis of a terrible tragedy, full of pain.
This Wednesday, the results of the autopsy, communicated by the Périgueux prosecutor's office, were able to confirm that the death of this woman had occurred between the afternoon of 24 and the morning of December 25, reports France Bleu.
It was her husband, the main suspect, indicted for spousal murder and remanded in custody, who alerted the emergency services in the early morning.
The emergency services and then the magistrate on duty were then arrested by the marks of bruises, in particular on the face of the victim.
If her husband, placed in police custody in the process, had "fiercely" denied the blows, his lawyer evoking "regular falls", the autopsy report unveiled on Wednesday goes in a completely different direction.
“The victim's autopsy report confirms the presence of multiple traumatic injuries, including multiple rib fractures.
These lesions appear in connection with regular violence inflicted by a third party, ”said our colleagues from Sud Ouest Solène Belaouar, public prosecutor of Périgueux.
Death by asphyxiation
Forensic findings that undermine the defense of the husband's lawyer, who explained on Tuesday that the wife of a couple who lived in seclusion “had been hospitalized in Bergerac then in Belvès recently.
No one had noticed anything.
When she was a teenager, she had been abused by her father;
to show her disagreement, she had pushed herself out of the window from the third floor.
After recovering from a coma, she had suffered irreparable damage and fell regularly.
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Also according to the results of the autopsy, the 64-year-old victim, who had the status of a disabled person, died of asphyxiation.
"The death of the victim does not appear to be directly linked to a particular blow, but is linked to asphyxiation which occurred in the context of a very degraded state of health and weakened by the multiple lesions presented", ends the prosecution.
For his part, Me Nicolas Morand-Monteil, the lawyer for the man married to the victim for 25 years, indicated Tuesday to Sud Ouest that "the report of the medical examiner shows that no blow could have been cause of death”.
The investigation will now have to establish whether the multiple fractures, in particular to the ribs, can be linked to the death.
In the meantime, the main suspect, who has four children with the victim, already sentenced to 12 years in prison for rape of a minor in 1995, remains incarcerated.