a 20-year-old man on remand for murder and many questions to resolve

a 20-year-old man on remand for murder and many questions to resolve
a 20-year-old man on remand for murder and many questions to resolve

Wounded by a stab wound to the chest, a 39-year-old man died on Sunday May 19, 2024 in Vias, in Hérault. The suspect, a 20-year-old man, was taken into police custody. Neither man was known to the courts.

The events took place in the town center of Vias, Sunday May 19, 2024 around 8 p.m. A 39-year-old man was fatally injured with a knife.

Firefighters rescued the victim “presenting a significant wound on the left side of the thorax”explains the Béziers public prosecutor’s office.

At the same time, the police de Pézenas took into custody a man aged around twenty, arrested some time earlier by Vias municipal police officers at the scene of the incident.

According to Raphaël Balland, the public prosecutor of Béziers, “the facts would have taken place in three stages”on the terrace of a snack bar in downtown Vias.

First, theThe victim allegedly went to see the accused, causing a first fight after which the victim left with a bloody face.

About twenty minutes later, the victim returned to contact with the young man, provoking a second altercation, ending with a chase.

Again 20 minutes later, a third violent exchange allegedly took place between the two men. It was during this altercation that the victim was fatally injured with a knife.

Still according to the prosecution, certain witnesses claimed that “the victim was visibly drunk”.

Despite the firefighters’ rapid response and the care they provided, the victim died in the emergency vehicle.

The autopsy revealed a jaw fracture, a chest wound, probably inflicted “by a bladed weapon having perforated the left lung”, explains Raphaël Balland, the public prosecutor of Béziers.

Aged 20, the young man was taken into police custody and then indicted for intentional homicide. He was placed in pre-trial detention by the liberty and detention judge early in the evening, Tuesday May 21.

Before the judge, the accused admitted “having stabbed the victim, but only in order to defend himself”.

The investigation was entrusted to the Pézenas gendarmerie research brigade.

She will determine “the course of events, the origin of the weapon, the behavior and motivation of the two protagonists, the nature of their relationships, as well as the possible use of alcohol or drugs by the victim at the time of the facts”, explains the public prosecutor of Béziers.

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