Man held over macabre French nurse murders

1st February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 31 (AFP) - A former mental patient suspected of carrying out the grisly murder of two nurses in a psychiatric hospital in southwestern France was placed under judicial investigation on Monday.

PARIS, Jan 31 (AFP) - A former mental patient suspected of carrying out the grisly murder of two nurses in a psychiatric hospital in southwestern France was placed under judicial investigation on Monday.

The 21-year-old man, was placed under investigation for attempted homicide for shooting at police who arrested him Saturday in the town of Pau, where the hospital is located.

Officers said the arrested man had been admitted to the Pau hospital several times and featured on a list of suspects they had been seeking, and that DNA tests had linked him to the brutal crime which occurred December 18.

The bodies of the nurses, Chantal Klimaszewski, 48, and Lucette Gariod, 40, were found in a blood-splattered room in the mental institute.

The severed head of one of the victims had been placed on top of a television set, while the other nurse had her throat slit. An autopsy determined that neither had been sexually assaulted.

Authorities all the way up to President Jacques Chirac have condemned the crime, calling it "unspeakable" and "barbaric". They have vowed to step up security in hospitals.

Health Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy hailed the arrest and expressed his sympathy towards the nurses' families.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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