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Chatham man arrested over woman’s murder in France is named

By SamPayne  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

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THE 32-year-old man reportedly detained by French Police in connection with the murder of a woman has been named as Robert Plant.

The body of Joudia Zimmat was found in scrubland on the outskirts of the ancient town of Nimes in southern France last Thursday evening.

The mother-of-three is said to have been stabbed to death while out jogging.

Concern was said to be raised when she failed to pick up her children from school.

A box cutter-style knife and two blood-stained stones were found near her body and are thought to have been the weapons.

There was also evidence to suggest the victim had been sexually assaulted.

Police said the detained man’s DNA had been traced on items found at the murder scene.

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 Nimes.

"We are following up with local police and stand ready to provide consular assistance if needed."