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Death of the principal of a secondary school in Lisieux: the theory of a heart attack favoured by doctors

2023-12-08T09:06:58.080Z

Highlights: Stéphane Vitel, principal of a middle school in Lisieux (Calvados), was found dead in his school. The prosecutor of the Republic of Caen indicates that "the natural cause for death" is favored by doctors. Two boys, aged 17 and 19, admitted to having forced open a door of the establishment while drunk, but they also claimed to have fled before the principal arrived. Analysis of the videos on their mobile phones had confirmed that he was no longer at the site at the time of the principal's arrival.


The public prosecutor of Caen has delivered the first results of the medical expertise requested by the investigating judge. The


The medical expertise seems to confirm the theory of heart disease. On August 11, Stéphane Vitel, principal of a middle school in Lisieux (Calvados), was found dead in his school, after an anti-intrusion alarm was triggered. The prosecutor's office quickly described the death as "suspicious", with the principal's wife saying she was convinced that her husband had been "attacked". The prosecutor of the Republic of Caen indicates in Ouest-France this Thursday that "the natural cause for death" is favored by doctors.

"There is no evidence to suggest any beatings," explains Joël Garrigue. Two boys, aged 17 and 19, admitted to having forced open a door of the establishment while drunk, but they also claimed to have fled before Stéphane Vitel arrived. Analysis of the videos on their mobile phones had confirmed that he was no longer at the site at the time of the principal's arrival, so they were exonerated of being attacked.

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The investigators then considered the possibility of a medical problem. The autopsy revealed that the 48-year-old man suffered from a cardiovascular disease, prompting the investigating judge in charge of the case to request a medical expertise. The results now seem to confirm that the death is "probably linked to this pathology", explains Joël Garrigue to the local daily, which indicates that the investigating judge met with Stéphane Vitel's wife on Monday to share these conclusions.

Slamming doors

Could the principal have been taken to task by other people? "No one entered or remained in the premises between 5:58 a.m. (Editor's note: the two boys raised the alarm). and 6:34 a.m., the time of Mr. Vitel's arrival on site," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

As for the "footsteps" heard by the two boys, they are the sounds of the sequential closing of the fire doors, triggered by the break of the fire alarm box, revealed the investigations carried out by the judicial police. "I noticed it during a test I attended, you can hear banging," the prosecutor said.

Joël Garrigue specifies that there are still a few checks to be carried out "to close all the leads", at the end of which he could hold a final point to close this case which has caused a lot of stir.

Source: leparis

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