Man's DNA found at gruesome French child murder

5th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

The DNA of a homeless man matches the blood found at the scene where an 11-year-old boy died after being stabbed over 40 times.

5 August 2008

BOURG EN BRESSE - DNA tests have matched blood found at the scene of a gruesome child murder in France with that of a homeless man held in custody over the killing, prosecutors said on Monday.

Eleven-year-old Valentin Cremault was found dead in the street in the eastern country town of Lagnieu last Monday, his body lacerated by more than 40 stab wounds. Police initially thought he had been savaged by a dog or wolf.

Police launched a week-long manhunt for a homeless man, Stephane Moitoiret, seen leaving Lagnieu, about 50 kilometres northeast of Lyon, the morning after the killing.

He was arrested Sunday with his girlfriend Noella Hego while hitchhiking in the Ardeche region further south.

DNA tests later matched Moitoiret's blood with that found at the scene, the prosecutor at Bourg-en-Bresse, Jean-Paul Gandoliere, told AFP.

Justice Minister Rachida Dati said on Monday that an investigation would be opened against the suspect for murder of a minor and "barbaric acts," and that he faced possible life imprisonment if convicted.

[AFP / Expatica]

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