Avignon teenager murdered by axe-wielding thief

19th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

AVIGNON, France, July 19 (AFP) - French police Monday were hunting a man who brutally killed a teenage boy on the weekend with an axe and stole his moped.

AVIGNON, France, July 19 (AFP) - French police Monday were hunting a man who brutally killed a teenage boy on the weekend with an axe and stole his moped.  

The murder took place Saturday, near the southern city of Avignon, as the victim, 15-year-old Romain Benavent, was talking with his 13-year-old girlfriend on an island on a river a small distance from their homes.  

A man, described by the girlfriend as of average build, around 20 years old and speaking French poorly, had asked the couple for a cigarette as he passed. They refused, saying they did not smoke, and the man went away.  

But minutes later he reappeared and, without warning, suddenly struck Benavent on the head and neck with an axe, fatally wounding him. He then took the victim's 50cc motorbike and fled.  

The girl, who was not named by police, contacted Benavent's relatives, who in turn called police, but by the time they arrived at the scene the boy was dead.  

Officers said they were relying on the girl's account of the murder but so far had few details to go on.  

A search of the surrounding area turned up the bloodied axe, which was being analysed for clues.

 

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