'Humilation' drove Frenchman to UK killing

31st March 2005, Comments 0 comments

BEAUVAIS, France, March 31 (AFP) - A Frenchman who has admitted to stabbing his British mother-in-law to death in January 2000 told a court outside Paris on Thursday that he flew into a violent rage after she "humiliated" him.

BEAUVAIS, France, March 31 (AFP) - A Frenchman who has admitted to stabbing his British mother-in-law to death in January 2000 told a court outside Paris on Thursday that he flew into a violent rage after she "humiliated" him.

Cherif Doua, 41, stands accused of murdering his mother-in-law, 62-year-old Valerie Brocklesby, and of nearly killing his wife Jayne, now aged 32, at their home near Birmingham, central England in January 2000.

He testified that on the morning of the crime, he had secretly entered the Brocklesby home to try to see his wife, who had filed for divorce and returned to Britain after he was jailed for trafficking stolen cars.

"I found myself face-to-face with Valerie. I asked her why she refused to allow me to see Jayne. She told me I was a loser, that I wasn't good enough for her daughter anymore.

"I could feel the pressure building up inside me. I could no longer control myself. There was a knife, I stabbed her, I don't know how many times," Doua told the court in Beauvais, north of Paris.

Investigators say Doua used a knife that he found on the kitchen counter.

Jayne Brocklesby, seeing her mother lying in a pool of blood, began to scream. Doua then allegedly stabbed his wife several times with a pair of scissors, seriously wounding her.

Doua faces life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. He has repeatedly denied planning his crime, and his lawyers are expected to argue for a lesser sentence.

He is being tried in his hometown of Beauvais rather than in Britain because France refuses to extradite its own nationals.

Anne Griffiths, one of Valerie Brocklesby's friends, testified that Doua had expressed violent tendencies before, threatening to disfigure his wife if she ever cheated on him.

"He apparently told Jayne that if she ever cheated on him, he would burn her face with acid or cut her so that no other man would ever look at her," Griffiths said.

Two days after the stabbings, Doua's car was found in a parking lot in the English Channel port of Folkestone. A month later, French police arrested him at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. He has been in custody ever since.

The trial is due to end on Friday.

© AFP

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