Arce Montes appeals Caroline murder verdict

23rd June 2004, Comments 0 comments

RENNES, France, June 23 (AFP) - Francisco Arce Montes, the Spaniard sentenced to 30 years in jail for the 1996 rape and murder of British schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson, has lodged an appeal against his conviction, his lawyers said Wednesday.

RENNES, France, June 23 (AFP) - Francisco Arce Montes, the Spaniard sentenced to 30 years in jail for the 1996 rape and murder of British schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson, has lodged an appeal against his conviction, his lawyers said Wednesday.  

The appeal was filed independently of his legal team who only learned of it from a local journalist. "We cannot understand his decision," said Fabian Lahaie, who defended Arce Montes at this month's trial in Rennes.  

Following standard practice, the state prosecutor responded to Arce Montes' appeal by filing its own appeal to demand a tougher sentence. At the trial, the state asked for life in jail.  

Arce Montes, a 54-year old drifter with a long history of sexual misconduct, was found guilty of smothering the 13 year-old to death as he sexually assaulted her in a Brittany youth hostel eight years ago.  

The court ordered that he serve at least 20 years before being offered the chance of parole.  

Caroline's parents John and Sue issued a statement saying they were "angry and very upset to learn of the appeal that has been lodged and that our wish to begin the process of rebuilding our lives is now, again, on hold."

© AFP

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