Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Truffle thief' death farmer jailed

Published 30/05/2015 | 13:56

Grignan is near one of France's largest truffle markets (AP)
Grignan is near one of France's largest truffle markets (AP)
Grignan is near one of France's largest truffle markets

A farmer has been jailed for eight years for the shooting death of a suspected truffle thief.

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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).

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