French teen held for chainsaw attack on brother

16th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

ORLEANS, France, May 16 (AFP) - A 15-year-old boy from the French city of Orleans has been placed in police custody on suspicion of attacking his brother with a chainsaw and leaving him for dead, legal sources said Monday.

ORLEANS, France, May 16 (AFP) - A 15-year-old boy from the French city of Orleans has been placed in police custody on suspicion of attacking his brother with a chainsaw and leaving him for dead, legal sources said Monday.  

The teenager allegedly admitted to the crime, but did not explain his motive, sources close to the probe said. The suspect, described as a "student without problems", was due to appear in court on Tuesday.  

His 18-year-old brother was found late Saturday in a pool of his own blood - his face badly mutilated and one of his arms partially severed - in the middle of Orleans, south of Paris.  

Emergency personnel were forced to operate at the scene in an ambulance before taking the victim, who lost an eye, to hospital. Doctors said his condition was worrying.  

Quoting sources close to the investigation, local newspaper La Republique du Centre reported Monday that the attack likely occurred in the garden of the family home, located in a upscale residential neighbourhood of Orleans.  

The alleged attacker fled the scene and was reportedly arrested on Sunday.  

Police, following prosecutors' orders, refused Monday to comment on the incident.

© AFP

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