French 'Scream' killer's jail term extended

19th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

RENNES, Nov 18 (AFP) - A Frenchman who stabbed a teenage girl to death in a frenzied attack inspired by the "Scream" horror films on Friday had his jail term extended to 25 years by an appeals court.

RENNES, Nov 18 (AFP) - A Frenchman who stabbed a teenage girl to death in a frenzied attack inspired by the "Scream" horror films on Friday had his jail term extended to 25 years by an appeals court.

The man, who was identified only by his first name, Julien, because he was a minor aged 17 when he committed the crime in June 2002, had originally been given a 22-year sentence by a children's court last year.

But prosecutors appealed the term, demanding it be increased to the maximum 25 years.

Julien struck a 15-year-old neighbour, Alice Beaupere, 42 times with a kitchen knife on open ground near their homes in the western city of Nantes.

He told investigators that he was obsessed with the "Scream" trilogy of films made by US director Wes Craven, which depict a series of bloody killings carried out among a group of American teens.

Having decided to carry out a murder, he bought the white mask based on Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" which featured in the films, and unsuccessfully tried to contact two other neighbors before persuading Alice to meet him.

Alice identified him as the killer before she died.

© AFP

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