Briton not charged with premeditated murder: French official

20th May 2013, Comments 0 comments

French prosecutors said Monday they were currently not charging a 48-year-old divorced Briton with premeditated murder after he admitted slitting the throats of his two young children.

"We are presently holding back from the charge of premeditated murder but this could always change in the light of (more) testimony," a prosecutor said.

Prosecutors said the man, who was locked in a bitter custody battle, admitted on Sunday that he had killed his five-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy after taking them to his apartment in a suburb of the central French city of Lyon.

A judicial source said the man had visitation rights but only in the presence of another person and he had brought the children home for the first time without a third party being present.

He was arrested on Saturday after witnesses said his ex-wife raised the alarm after encountering him on the stairwell of the building with bloodstained clothes. He fled on roller skates.

A knife which is thought to be the murder weapon has been found at the scene of the crime.

© 2013 AFP

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