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Portuguese son mistaken for homicide detained in Glasgow

by Ace Damon
Portuguese son mistaken for homicide detained in Glasgow

Today at 15:40, updated at 15:45

Luso-French citizen Guy João was arrested Friday at Glasgow Airport, Scotland, after police mistook him for a fugitive homicide since 2011.

A 69-year-old man of Portuguese origin was arrested on Friday by the Scottish authorities on his arrival at Glasgow airport. Police thought it was Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, a French citizen who in 2011 killed his wife, four children and two dogs, and buried them in the home garden of Nantes. Since then it is sought internationally.

According to British and French media, the confusion began with an anonymous complaint to Interpol that the suspect would travel to the Scottish capital over the weekend with a passport stolen from another French citizen of Portuguese descent, named Guy João. , in 2014. The information would be in line with another suspicion that was even hypothesized: that Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès would have had plastic surgery and had another family in Scotland.

In the light of information gathered by Interpol, the French police asked the Glasgow authorities to arrest the suspect upon arrival at the local airport. And so it was: the individual offered no resistance to detention and the partial reading of his fingerprint corresponded to that of the wanted murderer. "We have your man," the Scottish authorities immediately announced to the French, reports the "Le parisien"Just one snag: Xavier was not Xavier with Guy João's passport, it was Guy João himself, whose passport had been stolen in 2014.

According to the French daily, the country's police still asked the British authorities to send him the suspect's fingerprints, but the English refused.

The Luso-French citizen was detained all night and only the next day, after being subjected to a DNA test, did the researchers realize that they had the wrong man: Guy João, son of Portuguese, born and raised in Limay , on the outskirts of Paris, has worked all her life in the area, although she travels to Scotland several times because she is married to a Scottish woman.

In 2011, Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès shot dead a 47-year-old woman and 13, 16, 18, and 20-year-old children. Eight years after the macabre crime, the suspect remains undiscovered. Since the year of the killings, police have received 900 sightings and even a monastery was searched in 2018.

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