Don't miss




Video: San Cristobal, Venezuela's tinderbox

Read more


Rebuilding attacked churches in Niger, and illegal fishing in Iran

Read more

#THE 51%

The extraordinary tale of the Egyptian mother who lived as a man

Read more


Film Show : 'Suite française', 'Shaun the sheep' and 'A perfect man'

Read more


Strait of Hormuz: a smuggler's paradise

Read more


Facebook tracks you, even if you are not a user

Read more


2017 presidential election: a three-horse race?

Read more


Milk shake-up: Protests as EU ends dairy quotas

Read more


Iraq: Sunni militias fight alongside Peshmerga fighters

Read more


British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

© Photo: | A photo of the escaped man released by French missing persons organisation the ARPD

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-29

French police have launched a manhunt for a mentally ill British man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital where he had been committed for the brutal murder of his cellmate.

The man, identified by local newspaper L’Est Republicain as 52-year-old John Herbert originally from Fulham in south London, disappeared from the hospital in Novillars, close to the Swiss border in western France, overnight Wednesday, police said.

L’Est Republicain said Herbert is well known in the local area and should be considered as “dangerous or even very dangerous”.

Staff at the hospital realised he was missing early Thursday morning after discovering he had placed a guitar under his bed sheets to make it look like he was sleeping, judicial sources told the AFP news agency.

Herbert was forcibly committed to the hospital after beating his cellmate to death with a four-kilo weight in September 2011 while behind bars in nearby Bonneville, where he had been serving a six-month jail term for failing to comply with a legal supervision order linked to a conviction for the rape of his female partner in June 2010.

Herbert was declared mentally unfit to stand trial for the murder and diagnosed with acute schizophrenia, said L’Est Republicain.

He is described as having short brown hair, measuring 1.91 metres (six-feet two-inches) tall and weighing 84 kilos (185 pounds).

He speaks good French, with an English accent, and may be wearing glasses, police said. He was last seen wearing Bermuda shorts, a light-coloured T-shirt and flip-flops.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on +33 (0)800 00 48 43.

Date created : 2014-08-29


    French ‘female Hannibal Lecter’ cooked husband’s heart and genitals

    Read more


    Alps Murder wife had ex-husband who died on same day

    Read more


    French mayor castrated and killed over suspected affair

    Read more