Thursday 22 February 2018

'Truffle thief' death farmer jailed

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.

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).

Press Association

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