Frenchman accused of kid’s homicide goes on trial for second killing

Nordahl Lelandais France murder

2021-05-03 16:02:55

Nordahl Lelandais France murder
Nordahl Lelandais (L) arrives escorted by French jail administration (administration penitentiaire) officers on the courthouse of the French Alps metropolis of Chambery on Could 3, 2021, on the primary day of his trial for the homicide of French military Corporal Arthur Noyer in 2017.
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Chambiry, France: A former French soldier, who has admitted killing an eight-year-old woman in a case that shook the nation almost 4 years in the past, appeared in courtroom Monday on costs he additionally beat a person to dying just some months earlier than.

Nordahl Lelandais, 38, was introduced from jail to the courthouse in Chambery, a city within the French Alps the place the sufferer, one other soldier, was final seen after leaving a nightclub.

He has admitted to killing Corporal Arthur Noyer within the early hours of April 12, 2017, after selecting him up as he hitchhiked.

Lelandais has additionally confessed to killing eight-year-old Maelys de Araujo in August 2017, in a case that horrified France and which is about to go to trial subsequent 12 months.

He has insisted each deaths have been unintentional however his confessions prompted the reopening of investigations into dozens of different killings to see if he was linked to those unsolved instances.

Greater than 100 journalists watched as he entered underneath heavy police escort, sporting a face masks and a darkish cap pulled low over his eyes.

Lelandais informed police {that a} battle broke out with Noyer after they stopped at a parking spot, which he claims Noyer began, however Lelandais stated he didn’t intend to kill him.

However prosecutors say he later put the sufferer’s unconscious physique within the trunk of his automobile and drove it some 20 kilometres away earlier than dumping it on the facet of a highway.

They’ve charged him with voluntary manslaughter, which carries a most sentence of 30 years in jail.

Investigators solely linked Lelandais to Noyer’s dying after he was arrested over the homicide of Maelys, who vanished within the early hours of August 27, 2017, whereas attending a marriage close to Chambery together with her dad and mom.

Police looked for months for the woman earlier than arresting Lelandais, who was additionally a visitor on the wedding ceremony, and he lastly led them to her stays in February 2018 after traces of her blood have been present in his automobile.

The 2 instances sparked fears that Lelandais could possibly be concerned in dozens of different unsolved disappearances within the area, and reopened a number of instances after reviewing his background and actions over a number of years.

Regardless of three years of inquiries, nonetheless, and psychiatric exams which have revealed indicators of Lelandais’s “pathological mendacity,” no proof has emerged to hyperlink Lelandais to different instances.

The trial over Noyer’s killing is about to run till Could 12, whereas his trial over Maelys’s dying is anticipated subsequent 12 months.

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