"He showed up at the house of the citizen of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray with a suitcase to say that he had killed his wife", explains the public prosecutor of Rouen, Frédéric Teillet.

The 78-year-old man was taken into police custody on Friday morning after going to an annex town hall in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, to make his confession.

A bloody saucepan

The septuagenarian "was placed in police custody for intentional homicide," Frédéric Teillet told AFP, confirming information from the local news site 76actu.

“He is suspected of having killed his 73-year-old wife.

A saucepan bearing traces of blood was found inside the home,” added Mr. Teillet.

In the office of the mayor of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, it is specified that municipal police officers had first accompanied the man to his home after he had denounced himself to the municipal services.

They then informed the national police because "the death did not look natural".

“The suspect is unknown to justice,” said the prosecutor, indicating that he had not yet been heard on Friday at the start of the afternoon to explain his act.

The investigation was entrusted to the criminal brigade of the departmental security of Rouen.

In 2021, 122 women were killed in France under the blows of their spouse or ex-spouse, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior.


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  • Seine Maritime

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