The mayor of a small town in northwest France was castrated and murdered overnight Thursday, presumably by a man jealous over an affair he believed the mayor to be having with his wife.
Dominique Leboucher, 55-year-old mayor of the tiny village of Bretteville-le-Rabet in Calvados, Normandy, was attacked by an unidentified man who then committed suicide, his body found not far from the crime scene, a police source said.
The crime sparked horror among the town’s 250 residents.
Yannick Guesnon, one of the mayor's deputies, described the attack as an "an act of madness".
"I do not believe this thing about infidelity at all," he added.
Albert Gibot, a pensioner who has served on the town’s council for 22 years, said the alleged murderer had been angered by the fact that his wife had been attending political meetings in the evenings, after being elected to the town council in recent elections.
He described the woman as “a close friend” of the late mayor.
The town was largely deserted on Friday. Police closed off the street leading to the mayor’s home. A police forensics van was parked outside.
Leboucher, who also worked in insurance sales, first became a councillor in 2001 before taking up the post of deputy mayor in 2008. He was elected mayor in March's municipal elections.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Date created : 2014-05-23