1977 murder mystery of French heiress takes twist as son says father is killer

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2014, 8:41pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2014, 8:41pm


One of France's longest-running murder cases has taken a shocking twist as the son of defendant Maurice Agnelet accused his father of killing a wealthy heiress in 1977.

Agnelet, 76, is on trial for the killing of Agnes Le Roux, the heiress to a Riviera casino fortune, 37 years after she disappeared without a trace

Agnelet, a former lawyer, was initially acquitted of the murder but convicted on appeal in 2007 to serve 20 years' jail, a verdict that was overturned by the European Court of Human Rights.

At his retrial in Rennes, northwest France, on Monday, Agnelet's son Guillaume told the court that his mother had confided in him that Agnelet had killed Le Roux in Italy on a camping trip.

Testifying by video-conference, Guillaume Agnelet said his father also confessed to knowing the location of Le Roux's corpse, later telling his son: "They must never find the body."

Guillaume Agnelet said he had remained silent for so long "for the good of the family".

His mother, Anne Litas, had made no mention of the alleged confessions in court testimony.

Agnelet has always denied committing the murder of Le Roux, the heiress to the Palais de la Mediterranee casino in Nice, with whom he waving an affair at the time. The 29-year-old's body was never found after she vanished in a white Range Rover car.

A verdict in the latest trial is expected on Friday.