The ex-wife of serial killer Michel Fourniret talks about her husband's atrocities

2023-11-29 22:40:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
The ex-wife of serial killer Michel Fourniret talks about her husband's
Monique Olivier in the Nanterre courtroom

The ex-wife of French serial killer Michel Fourniret told police he beat British student Joanna Parrish unconscious before raping, strangling her and dumping her body in a river, writes The Guardian.

Monique Olivier, 75, is on trial for complicity in the kidnapping and murder of Parrish, 20, in 1990 and two other victims Marie-Angèle Domece, 19, in 1988 and nine-year-old Estelle Mouzin in 2003.

On the second day of the trial, a Belgian prosecutor who questioned Olivier in 2004 said she described how she and Fournier had taken Parrish, a Leeds University student who was spending eight months in France as a teaching assistant, station at Auxerre in Yonne, two hours south-east of Paris.

"Michel asked the girl if she was a virgin, if she had a boyfriend. He told her to strip and she refused. He beat the young girl until she was unconscious and then raped her. Then he strangled her," Olivier told police in a statement she later retracted.

“He then took her naked body and threw it in a river.

Parrish's naked body was found in the Yonne River nearby the next morning, May 17, 1990.

On Wednesday afternoon, Didier Safar, the judge presiding over the trial, asked Olivier to stand up and clarify her position.

Monique Olivier, standing in the box, said: " I accept all the facts, the three facts for which I have been reprimanded."

Defendants in French trials are not required to plead guilty, but when the trial opened, Olivier told the court he was sorry "for everything that happened"./ CNA

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