Driving instructor kills wife at French holiday home and tries to hide body in gutter

An American driving instructor confessed to killing his wife at their French holiday home and trying to hide her dismembered body in the gutter. Billy Kruger, aged in his 50s, admitted killing Laure Bardina-Kruger, 52, and then trying to hide her body at the seaside village of Peyriac-de-Mer near Narbonne. Tributes on Facebook described Mrs Bardina-Kruger as "such a lovely fun soul" who "brightened up every room."

Entrance to Peyriac-de-Mer village near Narbonne, southern France, where Billy Kruger allegedly killed wife Laure Bardina-Kruger
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A friend of the couple said "there really weren't any warning signs" with Kruger admitting to stabbing his wife after a heated argument.

Kruger, who is from the US and worked in Jakarta Indonesia, was arrested as he prepared to board a flight at Toulouse airport on Friday evening. He was charged with murder today after allegedly stabbing Mrs Bardina-Kruger to death at their holiday home in the south of France where her body was discovered in the gutter. Prosecutor Marie-Agnes Joly said Kruger had confessed to stabbing his wife twice with a knife following a heated argument towards the end of a two-month break.

Driving instructor kills wife at French holiday home and tries to hide body in gutterLaure Bardina-Kruger, 52, was found dead at Peyriac-de-Mer village near Narbonne
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An investigating source said: "The victim's father sounded the alert after his daughter did not turn up for a family reunion in Carcassonne,.

"She was due to say goodbye to everybody before the couple returned to Jakarta. "Instead, police were instructed to search for the victim and they found her body in a gutter in a road near the house." Mrs Bardina-Kruger, who taught French in Jakarta, was very close to her family in France and this is the reason they kept a second home in the country.

The couple were well known in Peyriac-de-Mer, having paid numerous visits there in past years.

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They were last seen at a village restaurant on Thursday night, hours before the murder is thought to have happened. Ms Bardina-Kruger had lived in Indonesia since 2015 and taught at the Jakarta Intercultural School. She had held previous teaching posts in Shanghai, Cairo and Hawaii.

A friend of the couple in Peyriac-de-Mer told local media: "They was never a loud word between them.

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"When they came to sit with us, they could have dinner, sip two or three glasses, but never more." The friend said the couple had a son, who had returned to Jakarta earlier. He added: "There really weren't any warning signs."

Kruger was expected to be held in custody before a criminal trial is held on a date yet to be confirmed.

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