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Suspected killer of British expat back in jail

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.

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

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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Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.

Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Federal Judge Michelle Peterson told the 21-year-old Raoult that he was charged with nine counts, including conspiracy, computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Raoult listened through an interpreter.

After Raoult’s plea of not guilty, the judge ordered him to be detained as a flight risk until a hearing April 3.

Moroccan authorities arrested Raoult at Rabat airport May 31 at the request of the US Department of Justice. Along with Raoult, two other French nationals were also arrested, Gabriel Bildstein, 23, and Abdel-Hakim El-Ahmadi, 22.

According to Raoult’s indictment, he and the other two men are alleged to have formed a hacking team, dubbed “ShinyHunters,” to steal confidential data from 60 companies to sell on the dark web where criminals routinely operate.

Some of the companies are located in the Seattle area.

According to experts, beginning in 2020, the hackers stole customer data from the Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia, the US clothing brand Bonobos, the US telecom AT&T and many other companies, putting the personal data for sale on the dark web.

The criminal charges carry a possible jail term of up to 27 years in prison.

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