Teen abducted, murdered after 'text' affair

25th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, France, Oct 24 (AFP) - A kidnap drama that resulted in a 43-year-old man murdering his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend before committing suicide on the weekend has deeply shocked France.

PARIS, France, Oct 24 (AFP) - A kidnap drama that resulted in a 43-year-old man murdering his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend before committing suicide on the weekend has deeply shocked France.  

Newspapers and broadcasts were dominated by the crime, which occurred Saturday when the man, Bruno Noye, burst into the home of the girl in the western coastal town of Jard-sur-Mer, assaulted her then drove her to a nearby spot where he shot her before turning the gun on himself.  

The victim, named only as Aurelie, last month broke off a year-long relationship Noye, whom she met after accidentally sending a mobile telephone text message to his number.  

Noye had a history of violent relationships with teenaged girls, and had raped a 19-year-old woman in his home town of Dieppe late Friday, a state prosecutor in the region, Jean-Luc Beck, said.  

Police who went to his house looking for him discovered a letter meant for Aurelie in which he promised to take revenge for the pain of the break-up and wrote: "Death will be beautiful because at least you will be with me."  

That triggered an urgent hunt for his car and the identity of the girl in the letter, but the alert came too late.  

Noye burst into the Aurelie's home early Saturday, tied up her mother and locked himself in a room with the girl.  

According to the mother, he raped Aurelie at that moment, but an investigator told Le Parisien newspaper "there is a strong suspicion of rape but no certainty" before the results of an autopsy.  

Aurelie managed to escape briefly and run into the street, but Noye chased her and forced her into his car, telling witnesses that it was only a family dispute.  

"It's awful. We saw the unfortunate girl from a distance. The man grabbed her but we thought it was an argument between a father and a daughter," one woman who saw the scene told the newspaper.  

Noye then drove 30 kilometres (20 miles) to a breakwater looking out on the Atlantic Ocean.  

Two motorcycle police officers came upon the vehicle and tried to approach, but as a police car arrived, Noye lifted up a sawn-off shotgun and shot Aurelie and then himself.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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