Murdered British expat could have been killed over stolen veg fight

Published:  15 Apr at 4 PM
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A British expat who was discovered dead in France last week might have been killed six months ago after a row about stolen vegetables.

Last week, police arrested a Frenchman on suspicion of killing David King, 70, who was originally from London but is believed to have been living in northern France for 15 years. The retired lorry driver was found dead beneath a four-metre wall last Wednesday.

King had been missing for nearly six months but police had opted against opening a missing persons investigations because they were of the opinion he had left France.

In the quaint Normandy village of Pierres, where the Brit had relocated to, local prosecutor Carole Etienne hinted that his death may have been linked to a string of recent thefts in and around the village. She explained that among the “vague attempts” the accused had used as an explanation had been a disagreement over the theft of vegetables.

The mayor of Pierres said that there had been a number of thefts in the area in recent months, with locals reporting various foodstuffs and even rabbits going missing. She revealed that it had got to the stage that some residents were saying they would defend their gardens with shotguns.

The suspect, 28, was arrested last Wednesday after admitting that he had become involved in a disagreement with King, his neighbour.

Etienne said that he confessed to putting the body in the well but had yet to explain the circumstances surrounding the death, adding that she knew the beginning and the end, but not the middle part.

The prosecutor went on to say that an autopsy was due to take place.
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