Prosecution asks for life for killer of UK schoolgirl

27th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

SAINT-BRIEUC, France, June 27 (AFP) - A French state prosecutor asked for life imprisonment on Monday for a Spanish man appealing against his conviction last year for the rape and murder of British schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson.

SAINT-BRIEUC, France, June 27 (AFP) - A French state prosecutor asked for life imprisonment on Monday for a Spanish man appealing against his conviction last year for the rape and murder of British schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson.

At the end of the week-long appeal hearing in western France, the prosecutor recommended that Francisco Arce Montes serve at least 25 years of the term.

In last June's trial Arce Montes -- a drifter with a long string of convictions for sexual offences -- was given 30 years in jail for smothering the 13 year-old to death in a Brittany youth hostel in July 1996. The judge said he should serve at least 20.

The Spaniard insisted on appealing despite warnings from his legal team that it could lead to an even longer sentence.

Arce Montes, 55, admits killing Caroline Dickinson but says it was accidental.

A verdict is due on Tuesday.

© AFP

Subject: French news

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