Briton in third trial after wife's body found in French lake

12th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Briton jailed for killing his wife and dumping her body in a lake in France insisted he was innocent on Monday as his third trial in the case opened.

"I'm not in any way responsible for the death of my wife. I'm totally innocent. I had no reason to kill my wife," Robert Lund, 59, told the court at the start of the trial in the southern French town of Montauban.

Lund was sentenced to 12 years in jail in 2007 for the involuntary homicide of his wife Evelyn, whose body was found in a lake in 2002, two years after she disappeared from their home in southwestern France.

An appeals court upheld the verdict in 2009 but his third trial comes after he appealed on a point of legal procedure.

Lund reported his 52-year-old spouse as missing in 2000, on New Year's Day, telling investigators he believed she had an accident after drinking heavily and setting off to visit friends.

Despite an extensive search, Evelyn's remains were not found until nearly two years after her disappearance.

Her body was found inside her car in Lake Bancalie, between the Lund family home in the village of Rayssac and that of the friends she was alleged to be visited.

Evelyn's three daughters brought the case against Lund, who has always protested his innocence.

The Lunds had moved to the region, home to a large British expatriate community, in 1997.

© 2011 AFP

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