France trial for man accused of UK murder

29th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 29 (AFP) - A 41-year-old Frenchman went on trial Tuesday outside Paris for the murder of his British mother-in-law and the attempted murder of his estranged wife in January 2000.

PARIS, March 29 (AFP) - A 41-year-old Frenchman went on trial Tuesday outside Paris for the murder of his British mother-in-law and the attempted murder of his estranged wife in January 2000.

Cherif Doua stands accused of stabbing to death his mother-in-law, 62-year-old Valerie Brocklesby, and of nearly killing his wife Jayne, 32, at their home near Birmingham, central England.

He is being tried in Beauvais, located north of Paris, rather than at the scene of the crime because France refuses to extradite its own nationals.

The young couple, married just the year before the alleged crimes, moved to the Paris area. But Jayne Brocklesby soon moved back to Britain to live with her mother and filed for divorce after Doua was jailed for trafficking stolen cars.

At the start of the trial, due to last until Friday, Doua admitted to the stabbings, but denied he had planned the attack or intended to kill his mother-in-law.

"I've read a lot about philosophy. Being in detention has allowed me to re-evaluate things. I think that now I understand a lot of things about myself," he told the court.

Two days after the murder, Doua's car was found in a parking lot in the English Channel port of Folkestone. A month later, he was arrested by French police at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris.

Doua faces life in prison if convicted.

The Brocklesby murder prompted French investigators to reopen the case of the 1998 murder in Beauvais of Doua's first mother-in-law, but the case was later thrown out.

© AFP

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