A BRIT lady of 11 shot lifeless by a neighbour in France was not believed to be his goal, say prosecutors.
Dirk Raats, 71, pictured right here for the primary time, blasted Solaine Thornton through the heart as she performed on a swing.
However public prosecutor Camille Miansoni stated: “It will appear that he was not aiming on the little lady.”
At Brest prison court docket, Raats stated: “It’s so horrible. I don’t perceive it.”
Raats fired 4 bullets with a .22 calibre rifle, hitting Solaine’s father Adrian, 52, within the head and mum Rachael, 49, within the again and head.
Their different daughter Celeste, eight, escaped unharmed and fled to neighbour Pierre Leroy’s home.
Pierre stated: “Celeste had dodged a bullet and ran for her life up right here. We went straight over.
“The mom was cradling Solaine in her arms and screaming.
“Adrian was shouting as effectively — injured however aware — however the mom understood it was too late for her daughter.
“There have been no phrases, simply screams.”
Mr Thornton was in a coma in hospital final evening the place his spouse was critically unwell.
Mr Miansoni stated Dutchman Raats was “exasperated” by the Thorntons, initially from Manchester, as a result of they reduce timber and bushes on the border of their properties.
Raats has been charged with homicide and tried homicide after the rampage in Saint-Herbot, Brittany.
His Belgian spouse Marlene van Hook, 69, was arrested over concealing the homicide weapon.
Police discovered a .22 Winchester-type rifle regarded as have been used within the spree and a Winchester .30 calibre with ammunition at their residence.