the suspect had no motive and evokes an impulse

Thomas Mercier, 30, a watchmaking engineer, was savagely killed on the steps of his apartment on Tuesday noon in Besançon. He was stabbed multiple times, which left him in a bloodbath.

A few hours later, a suspect was arrested, teaches us L’Est Républicain.

This is a man of the same age, 30, already well known to the courts (18 mentions on his record), and who obviously would have acted without a specific reason: he knocked on several doors the morning before the murder, making incoherent remarks to residents who opened the door to him.

After the murder, he went to the hairdresser, then to a lingerie store, where he says he killed someone – and discusses the possibility of doing it again. He made the same confession, shortly after, in a park with two teenagers, before being arrested in the hotel where he was staying.

He is also suspected of having, earlier in the morning, deliberately darkened municipal police officers.

“A desire to kill from the heart”

And why this murder? At first, the suspect raised a dispute with the victim. “When the investigators told him that the victim was not the man he was designating, he spoke of a desire to kill coming from the heart,” said public prosecutor Étienne Manteaux.

His 19-year-old girlfriend is also heard by investigators.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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