Chatham man Robert Plant charged with murdering woman jogger in southern France
French police arrest the
man on suspicion of murder in Nimes. Picture: BFMTV
A Chatham man has today been charged with murdering a woman
jogger in southern France.
Robert Plant, 32, is accused of stabbing to death Joudia Zimmat
in a picturesque ancient town.
The mother-of-three's body was discovered in scrubland near a
cemetery on the outskirts of Nimes on Thursday.
A box cutter-style knife and two blood-stained stones are
said to have been found near her body.
Plant, who is originally from Chatham, lived with his mother
near the scene.
He was arrested in connection with Ms Zimmat's death on Monday
and remanded in custody after appearing before a court today.
Plant has been placed under "formal investigation" - the first
step before a criminal trial under the French legal system.
The woman was killed on
the outskirts of the French town of Nimes
The alarm was raised after Ms Zimmat did not turn up to
pick her children up from school.
Her partially-clothed body was discovered in scrubland.
She is reported to have been sexually
assaulted, stabbed and beaten - with her face so badly
disfigured she was left "unrecognisable".
Nimes, which dates back to the Roman
Empire, is a popular destination for tourists in the
Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France and famous for its
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We
are aware of the arrest of a British national on January 24 in
connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in
"We are following up with local police
and stand ready to offer consular assistance if needed."
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