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Suspected killer of British expat back in jail

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Suspected killer of British expat back in jail
The caravan in Vabre-Tizac, where Jean-Louis Cayrou the former gardener of missing English Patricia Wilson, lived. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP
09:04 CEST+02:00
A former gardener, accused of the murder of missing British expat Patricia Wilson in the south of France, has been sent back behind bars this week to await his trial. Wilson's body has never been found.

The French man charged with the murder of missing English expat Patricia Wilson has been sent back to prison to await trial, his lawyer said Thursday.

Jean-Louis Cayrou, Wilson's former gardener and lover, was released last month on condition that he wear an electronic tag, but that decision was overturned Thursday following a successful appeal by prosecutors.

Police believe Cayrou killed former advertising executive Wilson, 58, after she ended a brief relationship with him.

She has not been seen since she was dropped off at her home in the tiny village of Vabre-Tizac in the Aveyron region of southern France on August 17, 2012.

Large quantities of her blood were found around the property and in her gardener's car, leading police to conclude she must have been killed. Intensive searches of the local, heavily wooded terrain failed to produce a body.

Cayrou's lawyer, Jacques Levy, said his client's pre-trial detention was "totally contrary" to current legal practise in France and said he would appeal the decision to send his client back behind bars.

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