French chef's body found in freezer, lover confesses murder

12th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Frenchwoman has admitted killing her partner, a retired chef, and preserving his body in a freezer for two years in France's gastronomic capital Lyon, prosecutors said.

Guylene Collober, 51, confessed to fatally punching her 71-year-old companion Jean-Francois Poinard, in November 2008, prosecutor Marc Desert told a news conference on Wednesday.

She had earlier claimed that her boyfriend could have been killed by racketeers.

Desert described Collober as a person with "pathological tendencies, narcissistic, possessive and violent."

"She isolated her partner from his friends, his family, the neighbours," he said, adding that the victim was often seen in the neighbourhood sporting bruises and other marks.

The body of the former restaurateur was found in the freezer during a search of his home, Desert said, adding that he died after "an altercation turned awry."

The girlfriend, who has been placed under custody, left his body in the bath for a few days before acquiring a chest freezer where she dumped his body.

© 2010 AFP

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