According to police, a French tax inspector died while being inspected at the residence of a second-hand goods reseller.
At the residence in the small northern village of Bullecourt, police discovered the victim’s female coworker bound to a chair and the victim with many stab wounds.
The body of the trader was discovered in a nearby structure. Authorities claim that he shot himself.
Due to the discovery of metal clamps on the property, the prosecutor claimed that the murder appeared to have been planned in advance.
Despite having no prior convictions, the man had engaged in “acts of aggression against kids,” according to Sylvain Barbier Sainte Marie, the prosecutor.
It’s reported that the 46-year-old businessman collected items from private homes and car-boot sales to resell them at the farm he owned, according to Éric Bianchin, the mayor of Bullecourt, a village of 250 people south-east of Arras.
“I never had any problem with him,” the mayor told French media, adding that he had arrived in the village four years before.
However, trouble clearly arose during his discussion with the team from the tax office who had gone to his home on Monday to check his books.
When the alarm was raised “by a witness” early on Monday evening, emergency services arrived at the scene to find the 43-year-old inspector and farm-owner dead.
“The republic is mourning one of its own,” Budget Minister Gabriel Attal said after visiting the dead inspector’s colleagues on Tuesday.
He said it was “appalling” that a public servant should die “because he did his job”.
The surviving colleague of the murder victim is being treated for shock.
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