A French mayor has been murdered and then castrated by an electrician who suspected the official was having an affair with his girlfriend, reports say.
Dominique Leboucher was stabbed in the neck by the 39-year-old man, according to a prosecutor.
Mr Leboucher, 55, was apparently castrated after being killed and then the attacker took his own life, Catherine Denis said.
She added the killer had no previous criminal record and was “clearly very much in love” with his girlfriend.
The mayor’s wife said she did not believe her husband was cheating, Ms Denis went on.
The killing and reported castration in Bretteville-le-Rabet – a village of 250 people in France’s northern Calvados region – has caused shock and horror.
One of the mayor’s deputies, Yannick Guesnon, said: “I do not believe this thing about infidelity at all.”
He added the attack appeared to be “an act of madness”.
Albert Gibot said the attacker was a father-of-two who had “blown a fuse as his partner used to attend meetings of the local council in the evenings”.
The mayor, who worked in insurance sales, first became a councillor in 2001 before taking up the post of deputy mayor in 2008.
He was elected mayor in March’s municipal elections.
24 May 2014 | 1:03 pm – Source: orange.co.uk