Vanesa killed in Tonneins: Romain Chevrel indicted for rape and murder, death by strangulation confirmed

The main suspect in the case of the teenager killed in Lot-et-Garonne was indicted this Sunday evening for the rape and murder of little Vanesa, 14 years old. He was imprisoned after his referral.

His confession will naturally lead to his indictment. This Sunday, November 20, the suspect was indicted for kidnapping, forcible confinement, rape and murder of a minor. Death by strangulation has been confirmed, reports Sud Ouest.

The presumed perpetrator of the murder had been brought that same day before the prosecution for the opening of a judicial investigation. He faces life imprisonment.

On the basis of the statements of the defendant, a chronology of the facts is traced in a press release from the public prosecutor of Agen: “Friday November 18, 2022, at 6:45 p.m., the gendarmes of the territorial brigade of Tonneins (47) were alerted because of the disturbing disappearance of a minor, named Vanesa (her name was Frenchified with two “s” Editor’s note), aged 14, educated in one of the colleges of the city.

Motivation of a “sexual” nature

As detailed by BFMTV, the motivations of Romain C. were “of a sexual nature”.

“This man is overwhelmed by the gravity of the gravity of the facts. For the moment, he will go to his cell and meet with experts who are best able to understand what appears to be totally inexplicable”, explained at the exit of the court his lawyer, Me Alexandre Martin, with BFMTV. “It is urgent to keep some dignity and to leave room for the pain of this family.”

“Very reserved”

The man is domiciled in Marmande. The 31-year-old is described as “a guy very reserved“by his closest neighbours, questioned by South West. The latter tell our colleagues that Romain Chevrel “was often seen dressed in black in a car drinking beers”.

The suspect lived in an apartment with his partner, already the mother of a 5-year-old child. According to information from South West, the couple had just had a baby togethera little girl.

Temp worker, the man was born in Seine-Maritime. He has already prosecuted in 2006 for acts of sexual assault when he was a minor. As our colleagues point out, the individual would also have been prosecuted in 2008 for acts of rape of a minor, detailed the prosecutor of Agen, Olivier Naboulet, during a press conference this Saturday, November 19.

The Dispatch clarifies that he was not subject to any control measure whatsoever. He had not been talked about since 2011.

During one of the interrogations while in police custodyRomain C. allegedly confessed to the rape of the 14-year-old girlas reported South West.

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