Man charged with murder of French students
The 33-year-old who turned himself in earlier is being charged with the brutal murder of the two French students killed in London, say police.10 July 2008
LONDON - A 33-year-old man was charged, and two others were arrested, Wednesday in connection with the murders of two French students found stabbed to death in a burning flat in southeast London, police said.
Nigel Farmer, 33, of no fixed address, is accused of killing Gabriel Ferez and Laurent Bonomo, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Their bodies were found in the ground-floor flat in the New Cross area on 29 June.
Farmer was also charged with arson and attempting to pervert the course of justice and will appear in court in Greenwich, also southeast London, on Thursday, they added.
Later on Wednesday, police confirmed that they arrested a 35-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, who were identified only as "C" and "D" respectively, at approximately 5:20 pm (1620 GMT).
The two people arrested, who were not named in keeping with force policy, were being held at a south London police station.
The students, both 23 and on an exchange from their university in Clermont-Ferrand, central France, had been bound, repeatedly stabbed in the head, neck, torso and back and set alight.
Six days before they were found, Bonomo disturbed an intruder stealing a laptop computer from the flat, which is still being searched by forensic investigators.
Experts found no evidence of forced entry after the killings. Two handheld games consoles were also taken and credit cards are missing.
A coroner's inquest into both men's deaths was opened and adjourned for 28 days pending police inquiries, a spokeswoman for Southwark Coroner's Court said Tuesday.
Inquests are held in England and Wales in the event of a violent, sudden or unexplained death. Police investigations and any subsequent legal action take precedence.
[AFP / Expatica]
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