Nepalese migrant arrested in Lyon for brutal murder of elderly Frenchman

Police were alerted to the deceased body of an elderly Frenchman by his neighbors who noticed a foul stench emanating from his apartment

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Lyon district. (Wikimedia Commons)

A Nepalese migrant has been arrested in France for the brutal murder of a 67-year-old man who was found lying in a pool of his own blood in his apartment in Lyon last year.

The 30-year-old suspect was detained by authorities on March 20 and taken into custody.

The arrest pertains to a discovery made on Aug. 27, 2022, when firefighters were alerted by residents of an apartment block about a stench emanating from one of the apartments. A response unit entered the property to find the remains of a 67-year-old man who had been viciously attacked.

Initial findings quickly established that the victim had suffered multiple blows with a bladed weapon. A source close to the case referred to a severed carotid artery in the neck.

A post-mortem suggested the crime had been committed several days earlier, given the state of decomposition of the body.

The public prosecutor instructed the Lyon Criminal Investigation Department to carry out an investigation. According to sources, unknown DNA was found in various parts of the home.

The police’s in-depth investigation revealed a phone history with an individual who had become the prime suspect in the case.

On Wednesday, the targeted man was finally arrested in his apartment on the Cours Émile-Zola, in Villeurbanne, Lyon. A search of the premises was also conducted.

The 30-year-old suspect, originally from Nepal, was taken into custody, as confirmed by the public prosecutor’s office to ActuLyon.

He was put before a magistrate on Friday, where the Lyon public prosecutor’s office requested that he be remanded in custody.

It is not yet known whether the 30-year-old has made any comments regarding what he is accused of during his initial hearings.

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