March 26, 2023

Locked down Thursday, a man suspected of having poisoned and killed his ex-girlfriend with mercury was found dead Sunday in his cell.

A man suspected of having murdered his ex-girlfriend in Paris by poisoning him with mercury was found dead on Sunday in his cell, said the Paris prosecutor’s office, confirming information from Actu 17.

An investigation to determine the causes of death was opened and the investigations were entrusted to the 3rd judicial police district. According to a source close to the case, it is a suicide.

The 50-year-old man was indicted on Thursday for premeditated poisoning, a crime punishable by life, and remanded in custody. He had disputed the facts, according to a source familiar with the matter. The motive for this possible feminicide would be the refusal by the man to separate from the couple.

a slow death

Catherine D., a 46-year-old entrepreneur residing in the 18th arrondissement, died on January 19.

She would have started complaining in the fall of violent headaches and overwhelming fatigue, before being hospitalized in mid-October at Pitié-Salpêtrière, according to the newspaper. The Parisian.

While the doctors saw the patient’s condition deteriorate, it was the suspect himself who allegedly suggested that they investigate the trail of mercury poisoning. This poisoning would have finally been corroborated by a toxicological analysis, which dated it several months earlier.

mercury flasks and dead cat

The report of the doctors to justice triggered the opening by the Paris prosecutor’s office of a judicial investigation on January 18 for poisoning with premeditation.

Still according to Le Parisien, the search of the suspect’s home, in which his ex-partner and their two young children lived before their separation, would have made it possible to update empty bottles of a toxic product based on mercury.

Series of dog poisonings: the mystery hovers

Investigators also found a dead cat in the fridge in the couple’s apartment. The animal could be the victim of a first test by the suspect.

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