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The national gendarmerie calls for witnesses to find the body of a cyclist mown down and killed with a shovel in the Eure

The national gendarmerie calls for witnesses to find the body of a cyclist mown down and killed with a shovel in the Eure

A 46-year-old motorist was indicted and imprisoned in June for having killed a cyclist in the Eure whose body has not been found and whom the investigators are trying to identify, announced the Evreux prosecution. In mid-May, a woman went to the Dieppe gendarmerie to denounce a murder committed, according to her, by her ex-companion two months earlier.

She related that on March 9 this man, a carpenter of Polish origin from whom she had just separated, had called her, “obviously panicked and under the influence of alcohol, to tell her that he had just killed someone ‘one’ by car, the public prosecutor of Évreux, Rémi Coutin, told the press.

On March 13, his ex-companion had told him that he had hit a woman who was riding a bicycle while he was drunk. “This woman was in her sixties and looked, in her words, like a tramp,” the prosecutor said.

The man told him that he loaded the body and the bicycle into his vehicle before hiding them in an embankment and returning with a shovel to bury them. On his return, the cyclist being still alive, “he had finished her off by shoveling her several times before burying her with his bike”, according to the story reported by the magistrate. The carpenter had declared the theft of his vehicle on May 10, which had been discovered charred on April 12 on a road.

Arrested on June 21, the suspect gave during his custody “two diametrically opposed versions”: first that of “a joke to his ex-girlfriend so that she takes pity on him and comes back to live with him ” before explaining that he had “well hit a cyclist” but that “she had recovered and was able to leave”.

Eventually acknowledging that he had set fire to his vehicle himself, he “was walled in silence” when the investigators asked him why. Charged with charges of “murder, concealment of a corpse, destruction of evidence and false denunciations”, he was placed in pre-trial detention.

“But we are faced with a particular situation since we have no body, nor do we have any identity as to the supposed victim,” said Rémi Coutin, who launched an appeal for witnesses.



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