French woman, 55, killed her work rival with a bottle of wine before she saw her head off and buried it in a communal garden & # 39;
- Sophie Masala, 55, is facing prison life for & # 39; carefully planned murder & # 39;
- She bluffed Maryline Planche, 52, with a bottle of wine and cut off her head
- Masala dug a hole with a ladle and buried the head of a rival in a garden
- The rest of her body was packed in five bags and dumped in the Canal du Midi
A routine dispute between two middle-aged female office workers led one to kill the other with a bottle of wine and then see her drop out, a court in France heard Tuesday.
The creepy case involves Sophie Masala, a married mother of two, aged 55 who is now facing prison life, and the late Maryline Planche, who was 52 and single.
The couple were officials who manage funds for the disabled, but Masala developed & # 39; n & # 39; obsessional hatred & # 39; for her colleague that she eventually killed her.
A court in Toulouse, southwestern France, heard Masala argue for self-defense, but prosecution documents suggest a carefully planned murder.
Sophie Masala, 55, bluffed her work rival with a full bottle of wine before she saw her head off and threw her broken body into the idyllic Canal du Midi in southern France. The head was buried in a communal garden next to the victim's apartment building and Masala used a ladle to dig the hole
After she had used the full wine bottle to kill Mrs. Planche in her own townhouse, Masala returned a week later with a saw to cut her head.
She then buried her head in a communal garden next to the Planche apartment building after she dug a hole with a soup ladle.
The rest of the body was chopped into pieces and then put into five bags, driven away in a supermarket truck and then dumped in the Canal du Midi.
Judge David Senat, the President of the Court, expressed his astonishment at the way in which small arguments had been escalated and said: “A disagreement about submitting documents, about their duties at the office, about respect for their private lives – there are always jealousy in the professional context, but how does it lead to such strong hatred? & # 39;
The trial of a woman accused of murdering and disintegrating one of her colleagues is taking place from October 21 to 26, 2019 in the Toulouse Appeal Court (photo)
Witnesses have claimed that Masala was talkative and disruptive in the office, while the visually impaired Planche was a highly respected staff member at the Association for the Management of Funds for the Integration of the Disabled.
Masala admitted that she was annoyed by the way Planche took work home and went to her flat & # 39; in May 2016 to complain & # 39 ;.
Pierre Dunac, Masala's defense barrier, said that his client had panicked, so she pulled out the wine bottle.
Mrs. Planche was recovering from eye surgery at that time and her corpse remained in her house before Masala returned seven days later with the saw.
The murder only came to light when one of the bags of body parts was found in the canal by a passer-by on 24 May 2016.
Masala has a previous conviction for theft, and in 2012 worked as a prostitute, with the compliance of her husband, the court heard.
The trial ends on Friday.
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