A lady has gone on trial in Toulouse accused of murdering and dismembering a piece colleague and dumping the physique components in a canal.
Sophie Masala, 55, was arrested in Could 2016, two weeks after the sufferer was battered to dying with a wine bottle.
Ms Masala has already confessed to killing Marilyne Planche, 52, throughout a combat on the sufferer’s residence.
Ms Planche’s limbs had been present in plastic luggage within the Canal du Midi. Her torso was present in a suitcase close by.
Prosecutors stated Ms Masala, who faces a life sentence, developed a “hatred” of Ms Planche stemming from “skilled jealousy”.
Ms Planche had been working for years at a job-placement service for disabled folks. Ms Masala, from Montpellier, on the time of the homicide had been working there for just a few months.
Whereas admitting to attacking Ms Planche, Ms Masala has denied that she meant to kill the sufferer. Psychiatrists who examined the accused – a mom of two – discovered her to be mentally match to face trial.
The lawyer representing the sufferer’s household stated it was an “unprecedented and horrible affair” and confirmed “extraordinary inhumanity”, France’s Sud-Ouest newspaper reported.
How occasions unfolded
Based on police reviews, on 12 Could 2016 Ms Masala went to Ms Planche’s residence in Toulouse. Ms Planche lived alone and was described by colleagues as a conscientious and useful employee.
Police stated an argument ensued between the 2. A neighbour reported listening to “cries” earlier than witnessing Ms Masala tugging on the sufferer’s hair.
Ms Masala is accused of coming into Ms Planche’s residence and placing her over the top with a full wine bottle. She then allegedly left her sufferer on the ground and returned to Montpellier, the place her husband and two kids, of their 20s, had been residing.
A couple of days later, it’s alleged, she returned to the flat with a hacksaw and a ceramic knife. The investigation discovered that the luggage with physique components had been taken to the canal in a grocery store trolley and the sufferer’s head was carried in a rucksack.
On 22 Could, Ms Planche’s sister filed a lacking individuals report. Two days later, a passerby referred to as the police after discovering a human physique half close to a footbridge over the Canal du Midi.
Within the days that adopted, police retrieved 5 bin luggage containing human limbs. The sufferer was recognized as Ms Planche on 26 Could, in line with French information outlet France Bleu.
Ms Planche’s head was later discovered buried within the backyard subsequent to Ms Masala’s small flat in Toulouse. An post-mortem report stated Ms Planche died from “a deadly cranium fracture”.
The trial is anticipated to finish on Friday 25 October.