The suspect was arrested on May 31 at his home in Antibes (Alpes-Maritimes) by the Cayenne research section, then transferred to Guyana on Friday, Cayenne prosecutor Samuel Finielz told AFP.
The victim was found lifeless on the banks of a cove in Cacao about fifty kilometers from Cayenne, on May 15, 2020. Forensic scientists had hypothesized a death by asphyxiation.
Fits of jealousy
In custody in Marseille, the man “argued of repeated fits of jealousy of his companion. He argues that during an argument on May 14, 2020 in the afternoon at their home in Cayenne, she would have grabbed a knife. would have disarmed before putting his hand over his mouth, according to him, to prevent him from screaming “, told the prosecutor Friday evening during a press point. Then “She fell, he says he realized she had stopped breathing.”
He says he then put the body in a bag, transported the corpse to Cacao in his vehicle. He would have liked to burn the body before changing his mind, quickly putting out the start of the fire.
Autopsy showed victim to be pregnant “from 6 to 8 weeks”, without it being possible to determine who the father was.
Identical facts 14 years earlier?
The suspect had been the subject of an order of indictment before the assizes of Cayenne in May 2015 for the murder, in 2006, of a young Brazilian woman found dead by asphyxiation in Guyana and whose body had been burned. One of his lawyers was then Eric Dupond Moretti, the current Keeper of the Seals. Following the accused’s appeal, this referral to the proceedings was canceled by the Cayenne Chamber of Investigation in September 2015.
Asked by AFP, the prosecutor said that this first case “is being re-examined by the prosecution in the light of the elements of the current procedure, (…) this previous criminal file not being prescribed.”
The collective “Feminicides by companions or ex” has identified at least 49 feminicides since the start of 2021. In 2020, 90 feminicides were counted by the Ministry of the Interior, against 146 the previous year.