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Irishman confesses to stabbing wife 50 times

A 49-year-old Irishman has confessed to savagely stabbing his wife to death in the vineyard village of Lutry in the canton of Vaud earlier this week, police said on Thursday.

Irishman confesses to stabbing wife 50 times
Port of Lutry on Lake Geneva. Photo: Roy Lindman

An employee on his way to do work in a first-floor apartment in the village discovered the blood-soaked body of the 46-year-old woman on Monday afternoon.

Investigators called to the scene encountered the victim’s husband, who needed to be hospitalized for injuries and could not be immediately questioned.

But now Vaud cantonal police said the Irishman has confessed to killing his wife by stabbing her more than 50 times with a knife following a dispute.

He them tried to kill himself, police said.

The prosecutor directing the investigation of the case has sought the man’s detention during ongoing inquiries as to the circumstances of the affair.

Police have not disclosed the nationality of the victim.

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Drunk policeman shoots up Geneva police station

A Geneva police officer on the drug and alcohol taskforce got drunk last week and fired his gun repeatedly inside a city police station, injuring a colleague, authorities said Monday.

Drunk policeman shoots up Geneva police station

The officer, “under the influence of alcohol, fired his service weapon seven times inside the taskforce offices” last Friday, Olivier Francey, a spokesman for the Geneva judiciary, told AFP.

Five of the man’s colleagues were present, including “one who was hit in the foot and had to undergo surgery,” he said, confirming Swiss media reports.

The officer has been questioned by Geneva’s top prosecutor, and stands accused of endangerment and causing bodily harm through negligence.

He has also been accused of resisting efforts to establish his “capacity to drive”.

The authorities, who did not provide details on what the man’s blood-alcohol level had been at the time, said the investigation was ongoing.

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