An Albanian national living in France illegally has been arrested by authorities for murder after he allegedly stabbed to death a man who was hosting him in his home.
The incident occurred at the 34-year-old victim’s apartment in the Blossac district of Poitiers, western France, on Tuesday evening.
It is understood a row broke out between the two men over religion, which resulted in the attacker stabbing his victim several times with a knife before dumping him in the bathtub. The 30-year-old Albanian national then sent a video of the body through the Snapchat messaging app to his neighbor, who subsequently alerted the authorities.
The attacker was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning at approximately 2 a.m. with authorities finding the victim completely naked in the bathtub. He had suffered multiple stab wounds and numerous traces of the victim’s blood were visible on the walls of the apartment, a source close to the case told broadcaster France Info.
A medical examination revealed a large wound several centimeters deep to the back of the victim’s skull, while other injuries were found to the man’s arms and legs, which the investigator believes to be consistent with the victim’s attempts to defend himself. A knife was found under the sink, the French broadcaster revealed.
The suspect told authorities he had argued with his victim over religion a number of hours prior to the attack, although the attacker’s religion has not been disclosed by authorities.
The Poitiers public prosecutor has refrained from commenting on the circumstances of the incident until the man has been charged; however, a source close to the case confirmed the attacker was known to authorities and had been living in France illegally.