An investigation has been opened after a 24-year-old man fell from the 5th floor of a building on Saturday in Besançon (Doubs), and his wife and her ex-partner were taken into custody, police sources said on Tuesday.
The Doubs fire brigade rescued the victim who fell from the 5th floor of a building in the Montrapon district, in the north-west of the city. Seriously injured, with a life-threatening prognosis, the victim was placed in an artificial coma and then operated on. His health is now stable.
"The circumstances of this case remain unclear, especially since the victim has not yet been able to be heard," Dubs police commissioner Juliette Dupoux, head of the Doubs departmental police, told AFP. According to the initial investigation, the victim, his spouse and her ex-partner had spent Saturday night together, consuming alcohol and narcotics. At one point in the evening, the two men got into an argument in the apartment and then got into a fight while going for a walk.
Ex-boyfriend unaccounted for at the time of the tragedy
Only the victim then went back up to the apartment. Heading for the balcony, she climbed over the railing and threw herself into the void, then suddenly caught herself at the barrier.
His wife tried to restrain her, but under the weight, the victim let go and crashed to the ground, while the ex-partner was nowhere to be found, according to the same source. Taken into custody on Sunday, the victim's spouse and her ex-partner were questioned by investigators and released on Monday.
"We are waiting for the recovery of the victim who is still hospitalized at Besançon University Hospital in order to be able to hear him by the end of the week," said Commissioner Dupoux. The judicial investigation, which is continuing in the preliminary phase, has been entrusted to the departmental security of the Besançon police station.