Un man of Danish nationality, aged 32, suspected of having killed his partner and of having locked her body in a refrigerator in Antibes (Alpes-Maritimes), was arrested and brought to justice for “spouse homicide” , the Grasse prosecutor’s office announced on Tuesday.
The suspect, already placed in police custody in early September for acts of “animal abuse”, had asked two of his acquaintances to transport a refrigerator to the Antibes waste disposal center, explained the prosecution, confirming facts revealed by the daily Nice morning.
The two men, exonerated after being taken into custody, were surprised by the strong smell coming from the padlocked fridge. Their friend had told them that the smell emanated from the corpse of a dog he had killed.
But after having “broken the padlock”, the two men discovered inside certainly the corpse of a dog but also a “human body”, explained the parquet floor of Grasse in a press release. The judicial police of Nice was then seized.
An autopsy of the victim was carried out on Sunday which concluded in death by firearm, with “a cranial injury”.
At this stage, “the victim is not formally identified but the elements drawn from the investigation and the examination of the body suggest that it is the wife of the detainee”, further specified the prosecutor’s office, adding that additional analyzes “are in progress in order to establish indisputably this identity”.
According Nice morningthe facts would have taken place in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, near Cannes, where the suspect resides.
Opening of a judicial inquiry
While his home had been placed under surveillance on Saturday evening, the suspect was arrested on Sunday morning by the Raid, an intervention unit of the national police, and placed in police custody for “murder”.
A search carried out at his home led to the discovery of numerous loaded weapons, narcotics and a corpse of a puppy in a freezer, further indicated the prosecution.
At the end of his police custody, the man was referred Tuesday morning to the Grasse prosecutor’s office for the opening of a judicial investigation into the counts of “spouse homicide, possession of weapons and ammunition of category B, possession of narcotics (cocaine and cannabis resin) and serious abuse or acts of cruelty to a domestic animal”.
Pre-trial detention was requested against him.
During his hearings, the suspect gave “no explanation” as to the circumstances of the facts, further underlined the prosecution, specifying that a psychiatric examination concluded that he “full criminal responsibility”.