PARIS: A jealous husband castrated and murdered the mayor of a hamlet in northern France yesterday before killing himself, sparking shock and disbelief among residents.
Mayor Dominique Leboucher, 55, was brutally attacked by a man “who suspected him of having an affair with his wife,” a police source said, adding that the unnamed attacker then committed suicide.
The crime sparked horror in the tiny village of Bretteville-le-Rabet in Calvados in northern France. “I do not believe this thing about infidelity at all,” said Yannick Guesnon, one of the mayor’s deputies, adding that the attack appeared to be “an act of madness.”
Albert Gibot, a pensioner in the village of 250 souls, said the attacker had “blown a fuse as his partner used to attend meetings of the local council in the evenings.”