Police searching outside the church for clues after the shooting. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP
Nikolaos Kakavelakis, 52, was shot twice with a sawn-off shotgun outside his church on 31 October, in what police feared was a copycat attack, coming as it did three days after three people were knifed in a terror attack at a church in Nice.
But according to the newspaper, the priest put the police on the trail of his attacker as soon as he came out of a coma on Tuesday, telling them he believed he had been shot by the “jealous husband” of one of his conquests.
“The priest is very into sex, and he is very adventurous with the ladies,” a source close to the inquiry told the newspaper.
A 40-year Georgian man, who the newspaper named as Giorgi P, admitted to carrying out the attack after he was seized on Friday.
He insists, however, that he had not wanted to kill Kakavelakis, who was having an affair with his 35-year-old Russian wife, named by the newspaper as Lela K.
The priest had announced that he was resigning from the church a month earlier.