Pet-poisoner hangs himself in French jail

2nd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

LIMOGES, France, Feb 2 (AFP) - A 72 year-old French landowner who poisoned more than 100 cats and dogs and then allegedly conspired to murder the principal witness at his trial committed suicide in jail overnight, police said Wednesday.

LIMOGES, France, Feb 2 (AFP) - A 72 year-old French landowner who poisoned more than 100 cats and dogs and then allegedly conspired to murder the principal witness at his trial committed suicide in jail overnight, police said Wednesday.

Roland Bondonny, a former municipal councillor in the central town of Egletons, hanged himself in his cell on the eve of an appeal court hearing.

Between 1998 and 2001 some 140 cats and dogs ate poisoned food pellets around Egletons, prompting a major scandal in the area. Around half the animals died.

Accused of killing the animals in an act of vengeance against local hunters, Bondonny was convicted in October 2003 and given a year in prison.

He was then placed under judicial investigation for complicity to murder Marius Lac, a 65 year-old policeman who was killed by a blow to the head a few weeks before he was to give evidence at the trial.

An alleged accomplice - former boxer Alain Bodchon, 52 - is in jail accused of carrying out the killing.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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