French winemaker poisoned wife who worked too much

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A French winemaker poisoned his wife because he felt she worked too hard in the vineyard and did not do enough to look after him.

DIJON – A French winemaker has been charged with attempting to poison his wife, whom he accused of working too hard in the vineyard and of not doing enough for him, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Jacky Chatelain, a 51-year-old vineyard owner from the Chablis wine region of Burgundy, was arrested on Friday after a four-year investigation into how his wife Josiane had fallen ill with arsenic poisoning.

Under questioning, he admitted that he had tried to poison her because "she worked too hard in the vineyard and did not do enough to look after me," according to state prosecutor Francois Perain.

Chatelain has been charged and released on bail. He is forbidden from returning to the Yonne administrative district or from contacting the victim, from whom he was divorced in 2006.

AFP / Expatica

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