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Vaud man sentenced to life after second murder

Local News // Sept. 5, 2016
Vaud man sentenced to life after second murder

The life sentence without parole handed out to a man convicted of his second murder, has been confirmed by the Vaud appeals court.

The case shocked French-speaking Switzerland and led to a rethinking of the correctional system.

The man, who's not been named in keeping with Switzerland's strict privacy laws, was convicted of kidnapping, sexually abusing and strangling a 19-year-old woman named Marie in 2013. 

At the time, he was already serving a 20-year sentence for murdering another woman in 2000.

The crime occurred just as he was preparing for an early release from prison.

He had been wearing an electronic ankle bracelet and serving his sentence under house arrest.

An investigation later found that his probation officer raised questions about his fitness for early release, but the judge ignored these concerns. Transfer to a psychiatric prison was never considered.

At the latest hearing, the court ruled that the man was at a high risk of reoffending.

A psychiatric assessment found that he had a serious and untreatable antisocial personality disorder.

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