Priest killed in Vendée: what we know about the suspect

A priest was found dead on Monday, August 9, in the town of Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, in the Vendée. A man presented himself to the police. That’s what we know about him.

According to a source close to the file, the individual who presented himself this morning, August 9, to the Mortagne-sur-Sèvre gendarmerie (Vendée) saying that he had just killed a priest is a Rwandan national. Arrived in France a few years ago, he would be in his forties.

This Rwandan citizen had already made people talk about him last year by admitting to having set the Nantes cathedral on fire on July 18, 2020. A volunteer in the diocese of Nantes at the time of the events, he had been prosecuted for “destruction and damage.” by fire “.

Initially placed in preventive detention, he was eventually released under judicial supervision.

In recent months, the suspect had asked the Montfort missionary community, to which the victim belonged, to take him in as part of their judicial control. In fact, it had stayed there for several weeks.

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