Jail for spurned man, 93, who killed love interest

Judges sentenced a 93-year-old Frenchman to a decade behind bars on Friday for brutally slaying a female friend who rejected his romantic advances. He later told police he wanted to teach her a lesson.

Jail for spurned man, 93, who killed love interest
A spurned Frenchman, 93, was sentenced to prison for killing his love interest. Photo: AFP

France's eldest detainee was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for having killed an 82-year-old woman who he had a crush on, but rejected his advances.

A court in the northeastern city of Reims found Marcel Guillot, a 93-year-old man nicknamed "Grandfather Marcel", guilty of "death blows on a vulnerable person with premeditation."

The body of Nicole El Dib was found in December 2011 in a stream that crossed her property near the village of Saint-Gilles in a pool of blood. She had been beaten, strangled and stabbed to death, but the killer would escape police for another five months.

A DNA analysis of blood found on a watch left on the crime scene eventually pointed the finger at Guillot, who was arrested as he began his annual vacation on an island on the French Atlantic Coast. 

He reportedly told detective she'd humiliated whom he had a crush on, and had gone to her home to punish her. 

During the trial, Guillot, who has problems hearing, repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying he never hit the victim who he said killed herself by slipping on a carpet and hitting a wardrobe.

"I wanted to know why she refused to see me… I don't understand, we were always good together. I did not hit her, she was my girlfriend," he told the court. But the prosecutor said the defendant had "let rip his fury."

"There is no doubt about criminal intent," the prosecutor said, blasting Guillot for expressing "no regret nor any compassion towards the person he called his friend."

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.