'Truffle thief' death farmer jailed
Published 30/05/2015 | 13:56
A farmer has been jailed for eight years for the shooting death of a suspected truffle thief.
Laurent Rambaud was convicted on Friday by the court in Valence, south-east France, for the killing on December 20 2010 of Ernest Pardo.
Rambaud, 37, insisted he didn't mean to kill Pardo. He told police he was guarding a truffle patch on his land around nightfall when he was surprised by a man and a dog, and opened fire out of fear for his life.
Police say Pardo was known to sell the prized delicacy at local markets. He was holding a small pick.
The killing took place in Grignan, near one of France's largest truffle markets. Truffles sell for up to £650 per kilogram (2.2lbs).