Hérault: The alleged author of the double-feminicide says he acted “in a delirious state”

The alleged perpetrator of the stabbing murder of two women, including his partner, on Friday in the Hérault, claims to have acted after having smoked cannabis, when he was “in a delirious state” and had “the impression that we wanted to kill him”, said the prosecution on Saturday. In this press release, the public prosecutor of Béziers Raphaël Balland indicated that he planned to request as of Sunday “the opening of a criminal judicial investigation”.

The alleged perpetrator of this double murder was arrested around 18h50 Friday by the gendarmes, in Roujan, “the bloody clothes, in front of the restaurant of his parents” located opposite his home where the two lifeless bodies were discovered. The 22 year-old man, employed in a supermarket, had just explained to his family that he “did something stupid”. Alerted by his father, the firefighters and gendarmes discovered in his apartment the body of his concubine, aged 21 years old, student nurse in second year, with whom he lived since months, and that of a neighbor of 22 years, paramedic.

A cocktail of psychological problems and drugs

While in police custody, in the presence of his lawyer, the man explained that he presented “Psychological problems,” said prosecutor Raphaël Balland. He explained that he had been “feeling very bad for a few days” and that he had felt “particularly bad” in the afternoon after having smoked “ several joints with his concubine”. He would have started “to be very afraid, having the impression that we wanted to kill him”, specified the magistrate, indicating that “toxicological samples” were taken from the suspect.

The man claimed to have wanted to go to a psychologist but was prevented from doing so by his concubine. Still according to his words, “they would then have fought and he would have stabbed her several times”, “particularly at the level of the neck”, indicated Raphaël Balland, specifying that the suspect “believes that he was then in a delirious state”.

According to the story of the presumed murderer, still reported by the prosecution, the neighbor on the upper floor who was going out to walk her dog would then have passed in front of their apartment and would have offered her help: but, “once in the apartment, they would have also beaten and he allegedly again stabbed the second victim several times”. An autopsy of both bodies is scheduled for Monday.