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British man living in south west France strangled his wife and then killed himself

A British couple found dead at their home in south west France died after the husband beat and strangled his wife and then killed himself, French authorities have confirmed.

British man living in south west France strangled his wife and then killed himself
The police investigation is now complete. Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

Their bodies were discovered after friends and neighbours became concerned after not seeing them for several days.

The body of Kathryn Boynes, 64, was discovered in their home in the village of Boudrac in Haute-Garonne, south west France while her husband John, 65, was found outside.

Local gendarmarie based in Saint Gaudens said that an autopsy has now been performed and it confirmed the murder suicide theory, with John Boynes having beaten and strangled Kathryn before taking his own life.

The couple had moved to Boudrac from Barnsley in northern England in 2021.

Friends told Yorkshire Live that they had bought a property with the intention of renovating it and running it as a B&B, however they had encounter problems with the project and had run into financial difficulties.

French police confirmed that a note left by John Boynes referred to having financial problems. 

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POLICE

France charges teen over ‘imminent terror attack’ plot

French authorities have charged an 18-year-old man on suspicion of planning an imminent terror attack with a knife in the name of Islamic State (IS) jihadists, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

France charges teen over 'imminent terror attack' plot

Initial investigations indicated that he planned to carry out a terror attack “in the name of IS, to which he had pledged allegiance,” said the source, who asked not to be named, adding that the man had been detained in the Drome region of southeast France and charged in Paris.

The source added that the man had been detained in the Drome region of southeast France and charged in Paris.

The man, from a Muslim family, had adopted extremist views and was considered a threat, sparking France’s anti-terror prosecutors office (PNAT) to open an investigation on May 19, a source close to the case said.

Police arrested him on Friday and a video of him swearing allegiance to IS was found in his possession.

The source did not say whom he was planning to target in the attack or in which location.

France saw a wave of jihadist attacks from 2015 that left hundreds dead and pushed the country to its highest level of security alert.

There has been no repeat of a mass atrocity in the last years, but there have been several deadly attacks carried out by lone individuals

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