An infamous French cannibal who murdered a farmer before cooking his heart and tongue with white beans briefly escaped and attacked a woman.
Jérémy Rimbaud, a 34-year-old man who served as a soldier in Afghanistan, caught his latest unnamed victim in Toulouse on Wednesday.
“She was absolutely terrified,” a source in charge of the investigation said. “The lady was walking her dog near the city center when Rimbaud struck.
“He punched her in the back of the head and then hit her with a stick, before passers-by intervened and chased him away. Only later was she told that she had been attacked by a known cannibal.
The attack, which occurred around 10 p.m., was stopped and Rimbaud was returned to the secure psychiatric unit where he has been held since 2011.
It was in June of that year that the corporal returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he had fought the Taliban.
On November 14, he murdered a 90-year-old farmer called Léopold Pedebidau in Nouilhan, west of Toulouse, then cut up his body.
Prosecution documents later described how Rimbaud “cut out his victim’s tongue and a piece of his heart, to cook them with white beans.”
Rimbaud was later arrested attempting to kill a second farmer, and later became known as the “Cannibal of the Pyrenees” after being sentenced to life in prison for murder.
He was “diagnosed with schizophrenia and suffered from post-traumatic shock related to his fighting in Afghanistan”.
His lawyer, Maître Françoise Séles, described Rimbaud as a victim of the war in Afghanistan.
A local police spokesman said on Friday: “The convicted killer has been remanded into custody.”
He said an investigation was underway to try to find out how he escaped.
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