Man sentenced to life in prison for the murder and rape of a former Northampton pensioner

Scales of justice
Scales of justice

A Frenchman has been sentenced to life for killing and raping a former Northampton pensioner, whose name and date of death was found tattooed on his arm.

Madi Mahaboudi, 33, was convicted for the April 2015 attack on Violet Price, aged 80.

He had previously served eight years in prison for an unlawful killing after strangling a woman in 2005.

Mahaboudi attacked Mrs Price at her home in Dordgone in south-west France - where she had moved from Northampton - after she had been for a meal with family and friends. He dismembered her body and discarded it in a field.

A French court heard he was arrested with victim's name and 'date she was killed' tattooed on his arm.

Price's family left the court room while the examiner read out the full list of injuries inflicted on the 80-year-old, which were particularly brutal.

Mahaboudi, who described himself as being addicted to cannabis and pornography and had a history of mental illness, was the brother of Mrs Price's daughter-in-law.

Both Price and Mahaboudi had previously attended a barbecue attended by friends and family of the victim in a neighbouring village on the night of the murder.

Mahaboudi reportedly went round to Price's home hoping to find his ex-girlfriend, whom he had recently split up with. The court heard how she had left him due to his heavy drink and drug use, as well as occasions of sexual violence believed to have been inspired by porn films.

During the trial, the courts heard that once inside, Price offered the defendant a cup of coffee. At one point, Mahaboudi described how he "grabbed her by the neck and squeezed", adding that "something stronger than me came over me".

He was eventually arrested after investigations found his DNA on the coffee cup that Price gave him.

Mrs Price, originally from Northampton, had moved to France in 2012 with her husband - who has since passed away- to be closer to her son, Paul.