Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Serial killer 'confesses' to killing British student Joanna Parrish in France

Serial killer 'confesses' to killing British student Joanna Parrish in France

The father of an English girl murdered in France 28 years ago spoke of his relief today after her killer finally confessed.

Nearly 28 years after police discovered the naked body of British student Joanna Parrish in the River Yonne in Auxerre, the man suspected of her murder has confessed to the crime. Michel Fourniret, a convicted serial killer has always been suspected of the murder but had previously denied any involvement.

Lawyer Didier Seban told the BBC that over the past week Fourniret had appeared in court "two to three times" and admitted the killing on each occasion. An autopsy showed that she had been raped, beaten and strangled before her body was dumped in the river.

Fourniret is now likely to be tried for the murder of Ms Parrish and Domece.

Fourniret was convicted in 2008 for the murder of seven girls and young women in France and Belgium and was sentenced to life in prison.

She was studying French and Spanish at Leeds and was on a placement teaching English at a lycée in Auxerre when she was killed on 17 May 1990.

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They attended the 2008 trial that saw him convicted of the seven murders.

Fourniret is already serving life in prison, without the possibility of parole, and his latest confessions mean he is unlikely ever to be let out.

Retired Ch Supt Bernie Kinsella, who was involved in investigating the case for Gloucestershire Police, said it was "potentially really good news" but the family had to be "really careful about what they were dealing with".

Fourniret was the prime suspect in the case for years, and was finally arrested in 2005 with his wife Monique Olivier in connection with the other deaths.

They continued to criticise the haphazard investigation into the death, with Ms Murrell saying in 2015 that there had been 'Absolute cock-ups from beginning to end'. She later confessed that she would sometimes help her husband pick up prospective victims and would drive their auto around the wooded Ardennes area, where the kidnappings mostly took place.

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