Frenchman admits murdering British neighbour in Normandy and hiding body down well

A Frenchman has admitted murdering his 71-year-old British neighbour in Normandy and then hiding his body at the bottom of his well.

Frenchman admits murdering British neighbour in Normandy and hiding body down well
David King, 71, who was murdered by his neighbour in Normandy. Photo:

David King, 71, first went missing in November 2014, from his home in Pierres, in the Calvados department of Normandy.

But the grandfather's body was only found at the bottom of his neighbour's 12ft well in April 2015.

On Wednesday, in a courtroom in the Normandy town of Caen, his former neighbour Emmanuel Tenret, now aged 31, admitted killing the British man and trying to dispose of his body, according to Ouest France newspaper.

During the investigation Tenret has told police that he had “a memory lapse” and could not remember the incident.

He also told investigators that he lived an impoverished and isolated life ever since the death of his father in 2012. According to psychiatrists Tenret suffers from “mental immaturity”.

He is on trial for murder and burglary and is facing a sentence of life imprisonment.

David King, was originally from Newham in London and had moved to Normandy in 2000 after retiring as a lorry driver. He lived alone but was in regular contact with his family.

He had gone missing after having tea with friends. French police were criticized by his family after initially refusing to open up a missing persons case, believing he had travelled to Australia to visit his daughter.

But, friends said he had left his passport and medication for a heart condition at home, so was unlikely to have flown abroad.

David King's car was found abandoned in a nearby town in January 2015.

After his arrest Tenret admitted the pair had had a row and had given police “incoherent accounts” of what happened.

The trial will try to determine exactly what led to David King's death.

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Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

A 75-year-old man has been arrested in France over a murder on a well-known nudist beach outside the southeastern city of Lyon, prosecutors said.

Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

The victim, aged 46, was killed on Saturday at the La Mama beach on a lake in the Lyon suburb of Miribel, regional prosecutors said.

The 75-year-old is suspected of shooting the victim multiple times in the bushes nearby following a dispute that arose after the younger man allegedly exposed himself in front of a woman, they added.

The regional daily Le Progres said that the suspect is a member of a shooting club and legally possesses a calibre 22 rifle. The victim was known to the police, it said.

The Le Parisien daily added that according to its information the victim had been a cause of trouble on the beach all Saturday morning with tensions rising to a peak when he began to masturbate in front of a woman.

An altercation ensued at which point the septuagenarian reached for his gun.

Le Progres said that at the peak of the summer season the beach — well known to Lyon’s inhabitants — was operating as normal on Sunday.

Participants in the World Naked Bike Ride France arrived even as police carried out investigations and images showed naked bathers enjoying the hot weather.