“They all went through a Kärcher to remove traces of blood”

This Sunday, May 4, around 4 a.m., a resident of rue nationale in Mortagne-sur-Sèvre leaves for work. As he leaves his house, he sees “a man crouching and another running, but it was dark”, reports his wife. The first, Damien Séchet, has just been attacked with a knife. Father of three children, he succumbed to his injuries in the ambulance which transported him to the hospital, reports West France.

The main suspect tries to escape via his balcony and falls. Injured, he is arrested. Taken into care by emergency services, he is hospitalized before being questioned by the police when his condition allows, reports Sarah Huet, public prosecutor of La Roche-sur-Yon. According to the first elements of the investigation, Damien Séchet was heading towards his car when his partner’s ex-husband allegedly attacked him in the street.

“We were forbidden to leave our homes”

An investigation has been opened for intentional homicide, but premeditation could be considered. The day after this tragedy, a resident of rue Nationale (in Mortagne-sur-Sèvre) explained to West France : “They put everything through a Kärcher to remove traces of blood”. Before adding: “We were forbidden to leave our homes” after “the police put up yellow pickets all the way to the square.”

A local resident says that the victim had just moved in with his girlfriend: “Three weeks ago, my son helped assemble the furniture.”. At number 15 on the same street, a mother looks back on the night of the tragedy: “I saw flashing lights everywhere. The police, the firefighters and the Samu. It was surreal, almost like a movie.”.

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