LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The criminal court in Broye, canton Vaud, has sentenced Claude D (his full name cannot be given) to life in prison after finding him guilty of murdering Marie, a 19-year-old woman from Vaud, in May 2013. He was also found guilty of sexual constraint and felonies involving road violations.
The condemned man kidnapped Marie, whom he knew, as she walked along the edge of a golf course on her way home from work in a restaurant. Police were tipped off by a witness and a trace of Claude D’s car was found within hours. He was tracked by authorities as he tried to escape from the wooded mountainside where he had taken the young woman.
The case was widely followed by Swiss media. It also prompted heated debate and reviews of the system for releasing criminals.
Claude D, now 37, was serving 20 years for the 2000 murder of his girlfriend and in 2013 he was released on good behaviour to living in an apartment and wearing an electronic bracelet as part of preparations for a possible early release.
His lawyers say the testimony is not valid, of two psychiatric professionals who say he is highly likely to strike again if released. They plan to appeal, saying they will take the course to the European High Court in Strasbourg if necessary.