Family to pay for French couple’s burial

2011-02-07 09:04

The French couple from Sutherland who went on the run after allegedly shooting and killing a policeman, will be buried in Kimberley on Friday.

The funeral will be paid for by the woman’s family, as well as by friends of the couple in France, said French consul Antoine Michon in Cape Town.

Dr Philippe Pierre Meniére (60) and Agnes Jardel (55) became fugitives after they shot and killed student constable Jacob Boleme (27) and shot and wounded warrant officer Glenwell du Toit (42) in the back.

The drama took place on the farm Hardie near Sutherland where the couple had been living in isolation for the past 12 years.

They were on the run for 10 days before being shot dead in a house on a neighbouring farm.

Committed suicide

According to a report in the Cape Times, they committed suicide when the police approached them.

Michon was in Kimberley last month to identify the bodies of the couple who had lived in South Africa for 30 years.

He said they would be buried in Kimberley as the bodies were already there in the state mortuary.

“I spoke to Jardel’s family. They’re prepared to pay, but don’t want to fly the remains to France.

“It is also not practical to take the remains to Sutherland.”

It was reported earlier that Pierre-Jean Gerber, an ANC MP from Wellington in the Western Cape, would pay for the funeral.

“I heard they would be buried as paupers and felt badly about this...but the French consulate informed me that it was no longer necessary,” said Gerber.

Michon was not yet sure about the details of the funeral.

“It has provisionally been planned for Friday. We shall not be able to attend it, however.”

Broke off contact with family and friends
Jardel had a brother and two sisters in France.

Michon said she had broken off contact with them 15 years ago.

Meniére and Jardel had until the 1990s still corresponded with friends in France.

These friends had also visited them several times in South Africa.

The couple moved to Sutherland from Johannesburg in 1995 and apparently wrote letters to the friends breaking off the friendship.

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