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Three French nationals have confessed to their involvement in the shooting of 44 year old Laurent Lacques Jean Delacherie, also from France.
George Michel, 65, a restaurateur who operates the La Bonne Franquette restaurant on Walking Street Maenam is suspected of carrying out the shooting. Locally he has a reputation for unpredictable and sometimes violent behaviour and for owning, and shooting guns. The other two suspects are Cyrille Jean Paul Larignon, the owner of the restaurant where the shooting took place and Yves Claude Daniel Climent, both stand accused of helping to dispose of the body near the waterfall in Soi 5 Maenam.
Investigators say that they believe a quarrel erupted in the night of the killing between the victim and Mr Michael, who walked out of the restaurant and returned a few minutes later with a gun, he then allegedly shot Mr Delacherie three times. The trio then allegedly took the body to the waterfall and dropped him into the water. George Michel fled the island the following day taking the Raja Ferry to Donsak where he was apprehended at around 4pm. It has now been reported that all three have confessed to the crime.