Former supermarket worker admits to strangled wife to death and beheaded her before dumping his body in a park in Paris
Youcef Matoug, 50, has been charged by police in France with the murder of Assia, 46, and hiding her body parts in a garden. Buttes-Chaumont the historic north-east of Paris
He was arrested earlier this week, 11 days after the horrifying discovery.
Matoug has now confessed to the murder of the mother-of-three on the night of January 30, before dismembering her and hiding her body.
The murder is believed to have taken place at the family home in the eastern Parisian suburb of Montreuil.
He did not report his wife missing to police until six days later. which made the police suspect
Assia’s phone was turned off and no one saw her until several days later. When her body was found in a famous park It appears in the Netflix series Emily in Paris.
On February 13, two full weeks after the murder allegations took place. A shocked gardener discovered a woman’s pelvis in a plastic bag hidden in a park bin.
A massive police investigation begins. The next day, Assia’s head was found in another garbage bag.
Matoug reportedly said during an interview with police that he had no intention of killing his wife, but that was “too much controversy”.
Dominique Beyreuther-Minkov His defense lawyer told French publication Le Parisien: “My client is devastated. He described himself as humanly as possible. Now justice will do its job.
“My client has always denied that he intended to kill his wife.”
She also said Matoug gave a chilling reason why he dumped her body in the garden. Buttes-Chaumont
Matoug reportedly said he wanted his wife to end her days in “One of the most beautiful parks in Paris”
The park has been the setting for many movies and TV shows over the years. including the 1974 Marseille Contract and the 1913 silent The Murderous Corpse.
In the third episode of the hit series Emily In Paris, leading actress Lily Collins is having a picnic in the park.
A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said: Matouk was indicted Saturday for “murder of a married couple.” violated the integrity and concealed the corpse.”
The couple’s three children, aged eight, 14 and 16, are now in the care of an extended family originally from Algeria.
Matoug, a former supermarket worker, has lost his job. “Several months,” according to prosecutors.
His wife does charity work to support the family. But one neighbor said “There was no sign of conflict” in the house.