Australian charged with murder after French tourist stabbed

2016-12-04 22:12


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Sydney - An Australian has been charged with murder after a French tourist was stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack in the Australian outback, police say.

The French national - named in local media as 33-year-old Philippe Jegouzo - and his wife were at a rest stop on the Stuart Highway an hour north of Alice Springs on Wednesday when the incident happened.

The alleged attacker, reportedly from the southern city of Melbourne, stabbed Jegouzo who died at the scene, before fleeing in a vehicle.

Police said in a statement: "Northern Territory police have charged a 35-year-old man with murder in relation to the death of a French national at Conners Well on Wednesday evening.

"The man has been remanded in custody to appear in Alice Springs Local Court on Monday. Investigations are continuing."

Jegouzo's wife, named in Australian newspapers as 30-year-old Aurelie Chorier, tried to save her husband by hitting the accused attacker on the head with a picnic table, the NT News reported.

The killing was about 180km from the shooting death of British backpacker Peter Falconio on the Stuart Highway in 2001. Former mechanic Bradley John Murdoch was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder.

Police said the latest attack was a "bizarre" occurence and other travellers should not fear for their safety.

"This is bizarre, obscure and could not have been predicted on any scale," said Detective Superintendent Travis Wurst.

"There are no safety concerns for any tourist or any traveller or any resident of Alice Springs or Central Australia whatsoever."

The Stuart Highway, a popular tourist drive, is the principal north-south route through Australia's remote central interior, spanning nearly 3 000km from Darwin via Alice Springs to Port Augusta.

Read more on:    australia

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.