Two youngsters investigated for homicide after drowning 14-year-old lady close to Paris
Two French youngsters are underneath investigation for homicide after a 14-year-old lady was discovered drowned within the Seine close to Paris.
A boy and a lady, each aged 15, from Val d’Oise north of the French capital, have been introduced earlier than a choose on Wednesday.
“Two minors are underneath investigation for homicide, murder with premeditation,” prosecutor Eric Corbaux instructed reporters.
The sufferer was fished out of the water Monday night by the police, after an alert from the mom of one of many suspects.
In a case that shocked France, the nation’s authorities condemned the lady’s dying as “completely horrible and despicable”.
“She was the sufferer of intimidation, of a downward spiral which led to this tragedy,” mentioned authorities spokesman Gabriel Attal, swearing that these accountable can be punished.
In keeping with prosecutors, the sufferer and two suspects knew one another and all attended the identical non-public vocational faculty in Argenteuil, close to Paris.
Cognacq-Jay highschool mentioned in a press release that there have been “tensions between these three college students after the sufferer’s cellphone was hacked and the publication of compromising images by his two classmates.”
The 2 detained youngsters have been already dealing with disciplinary motion for his or her earlier habits in the direction of the sufferer, the college added.
Prosecutors say the three youngsters met in Argenteuil on a mud highway away from properties, between the Seine and the railway.
There, the 15-year-old boy allegedly beat the sufferer, earlier than throwing her nonetheless acutely aware into the river with the assistance of the 15-year-old lady, the place she drowned.
The 2 teenage suspects have been arrested on Monday and are nonetheless in detention.
As a consequence of their age, they face a most jail time period of 20 years if convicted, versus life imprisonment.
A march in reminiscence of the murdered schoolgirl is deliberate in Argenteuil this weekend.