A FORMER soldier suspected of being a serial killer involved in the slaughter of a British family last night admitted “accidentally” killing a girl who vanished during a wedding in France.
The confession by Nordahl Lelandais, 34, came as he led police to the hidden remains of Maelys de Araujo, who was last seen six months ago.
AFP or licensors A former solider, 34-year-old Nordahl Lelandais, has admitted killing Maëlys de Araujo “involuntarily”.
Lelandais is suspected of being involved in up to 15 unsolved cases, including one involving the British Al-Hillis, who were killed in the Alps in 2012.
Maelys had been enjoying a party with her parents and sister in Pont-de-Beavoisin in the Alps when Lelandais is suspected of forcing her into his car boot.
Yves Coquillat, the prosecutor in nearby Grenoble, said today that Lelandais, who worked as dog handler in the French Army, had admitted “killing Maelys by mistake and then got rid of the body.
“He also apologised to Maely’s parents. However, he refused to explain the circumstances of the death.”
Nordahl Lelandais has admitted ‘involuntarily killing’ the nine-year-old
AFP or licensors He finally agreed to help police and lead them to where he hid Maelys body
AFP or licensors Police had trawled woodland in the search for the nine-year-old in the aftermath of her disappearance
AFP or licensors Detectives described the search as ‘like looking for a needle in a haystack’
Until Wednesday, Lelandais had fiercely denied any involvement in the horrific events of August 26th, when he had first popped in to the reception as an uninvited guest.
He is said to have changed his story after traces of Maelys’s blood were found in his black Audi car, despite him using powerful detergents to try and get rid of any trace of her.
Detectives were initially alerted to the suspect when he was seen “thoroughly cleaning his car” a few hours after Maelys’s disappearance.
In September he was arrested for the “kidnapping, abduction, and arbitrary detention of a minor under fifteen years old” but because there was no body, no murder charges were put forward.
The suspect, who was unemployed and living alone, had been remanded in custody in Grenoble, pending further court appearances and a possible future trial.
Police questioned more than 180 guests at the wedding after Maelys’ disappearance, but weeks of searches in deep woodland close to Pont-de-Beauvoisin led to nothing been found.
Uk Weather Warnings Issued By Met Office – What The Yellow, Amber And Red Alerts For Snow, Ice And Wind Mean
THE Met Office issues UK weather warnings when the country faces conditions which could put them in danger.
But what do these warnings mean and how can you stay safe in extreme weather conditions?
Getty Images – Getty Driving in the snow can be potentially dangerous
What does a severe weather warning mean?
The Met Office warns the public about severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to endanger lives or cause widespread disruption through the National Severe Weather Warning Service.
Warnings are issued for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice and are colour coded depending on both the likelihood of them happening and the impact of conditions.
In general, a severe weather warning means there is danger to life, prolonged disruption and strain on emergency services, transport routes and travel severely impacted and extensive damage to buildings and property.
While an amber weather warning means people should be prepared for the conditions.
What do the different colours mean for weather warnings?
Yellow weather warning
Yellow means “be aware”. Severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you.
Plan ahead and think about possible travel delays or the disruption of your day to day activities.
Keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.
Amber weather warning
Amber means “be prepared”. There is an increased likelihood of bad or extreme weather, potentially disrupting plans and causing travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.
Be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather.
Red weather warning
Red means “take action”. Extreme weather is expected.
Take action to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather.
Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely.
Avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.
What is a ‘do not travel’ warning?
A warning not to travel unless necessary can be issued to people living in areas worst affected by poor weather conditions.
On January 18, in the midst of Storm Fionn, drivers were urged not to travel in Scotland and northern England as snow storms hit.
It was believed to have been the first issued since the high winds of January 2013.
How do I drive safely in wind, snow and ice?
The best advice is – don’t drive unless absolutely necessary.
But if you genuinely do have to drive, make sure you prepare in case you get stranded in a snow drift.
Take food, water, blankets, a torch, a first aid kit, a fully charged phone, a shovel, jump leads and de-icer fluid.
Make sure you clear all your windows – it’s actually illegal to drive if you can’t see out of all of them.
Try to stick to major roads which should have been gritted and make sure you have a full tank of fuel, and check the oil and other engine fluids before you set off.
Keep your distance – it can take 10 times as long to come to a stop in icy conditions compared to normal.
At least 20 seconds’ distance from the car in front is recommended.
Remember to drive smoothly and don’t brake or accelerate harshly, otherwise your tyres will lose grip.
Keep the radio turned off or down low so you can hear the difference if you hit an icy patch.
If you do skid, don’t brake – take your foot off the accelerator and let the car slow down itself.
London News Pictures Drivers often can end up stranded if they travel in snow, so only go if your journey is absolutely necessary
How do I drive safely in fog?
Again, don’t drive unless you absolutely, absolutely have to.
But if you do, then go very slowly, and keep your headlights dipped – otherwise they will reflect off the fog and visibility will be even worse.
Don’t drive close to the car in front, even if it feels reassuring to stay near someone else.
Keep your fog light on but make sure to turn it off if visibility improves as otherwise it will dazzle drivers behind.
Watch out for freezing fog as this is often coupled with an icy road surface, making driving even more treacherous.
How do I drive safely in heavy rain?
Before you set off, check that your windscreen wipers are working and that your tyres have enough tread.
Drive slowly and make sure you keep plenty of distance from the car in front as your stopping speeds will be impaired by at least double.
Keep your car heating on to prevent windows from misting up, and watch out for big vehicles such as lorries which could spray you.
How Cold Is It In The Uk, What’s The Lowest Temperature Recorded In Britain And Where’s The Coldest Place On Earth?
WITH Britain yet to escape the freezing cold clutches of the winter weather, many of us are still waking up in the morning to icy temperatures.
Here is everything you need to know about today’s nippy weather and Britain’s historical lows.
Alamy Live News Britain has experienced some seriously nippy cold snaps this winter
How cold is it today?
Brits are facing chilly temperatures across the country.
While plenty of the UK, in particular London and the South East, enjoyed clear skies and sunshine – the thermometer remained low.
On February 22, the lowest recorded temperature in the UK was around 1C.
What is the coldest recorded temperature in the UK?
If you thought today was chilly then brace yourself, you haven’t seen anything yet.
UK temperatures have been known to plunge to lows of -27.2 degrees C, in Braemar, East Scotland, and Altnaharra in the North of Scotland.
These lows were recorded on 10 January 1982 and 30 December 1995, respectively.
The third lowest temperature ever recorded in the UK was clocked in Shawbury in the Midlands on 13 December 1981, when the mercury dipped to -25.2 degrees C.
Alamy Vostok holds the record for the coldest recorded temperature on Earth
What is the coldest place on Earth?
Okay, if -27.2 degrees sounds cold then brace yourself, you haven’t seen anything yet.
By a long way, the coldest place on Earth is Vostok, Antarctica, where the lowest ever temperature was recorded.
A Russian research station in Vostok once clocked lows of -89.2 degrees C and is so close to the poles that it gets mere minutes of sunshine a day in winter.
During the cold months, the average temperature in Vostok is around -68 degrees C, while the summer average is a tooth-chattering -32 degrees C.
Rex Features Oymyakon is believed to be the coldest inhabited place on the planet
Randy Couple Romp On A Moving Train In Front Of Shocked Commuters
A BRAZEN couple romped on a moving train in front of stunned passengers.
Shocked commuters filmed what appears to be a randy pair going at it in broad daylight.
CEN The couple giggle as the woman writhes around on the man’s lap
The alleged sexy shocker took place as the train roared through the city of Nizhny Novgorod in western Russia.
According to reports, the railroad sex session took place as they approached Chkalovskaya station.
In the video, a blonde woman in a red top and black trousers can be seen kneeling between a sitting man’s legs.
She appears to perform a sex act on the bloke, who places a bag on his lap to try and obscure the view.
At one point they stop to kiss before noticing they are being filmed.
CEN She can be seen kneeling between her male pal’s legs on the busy commuter train
CEN They stop their very public display for a passionate kiss
CEN The woman reaches for a train carriage door handle for support during their railroad romp Man is filmed performing a sex act on himself while on a train in Melbourne, Australia
Rather than hid in shame, they giggle and carry on – with the guy pushing to girl’s head down.
She then writhes around on his lamp as the dark-haired man smiles and laughs.
The girl even grabs onto the carriage door handle for support during their shocking display.
They stop going at it – briefly – as the train pulls into a station and more passengers get on and sit near to them.
CEN The couple don’t even pack in their antics when they notice other passengers are filming them going at it ?Brazen ?couple have sex in broad daylight at Hackney Downs train station
But almost immediately carry on with the poor man unaware he is about to et an eyeful.
Eventually the train terminates, derailing their fun.
Shocked internet users in Russia shamed the couple with one writing: ‘Why did no one come over and stop that?’ Police declined to comment.
They are not the first couple to get in the mood in, and around, train stations.
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