A French prosecutor has dropped murder charges against the killer of Jewish kindergarten teacher Sarah Halimi after experts ruled he had suffered a massive psychotic episode because of smoking cannabis.
Ms. Halimi, 65 years old, was killed by Kobili Traore’, on April 4, 2017, after he broke into her Paris apartment. The Orthodox Jew was beaten and called a “demon”. Traore spoke Koranic verses as he threw her from her balcony.
In an appeals court hearing, Traore’ admitted killing Ms. Halimi, saying he was not aware of his actions on the night of the murder and did not recognize when he broke in. Yet somehow he was able to remember these specifics: “I felt persecuted. When I saw the Torah and a chandelier in her home I felt oppressed. I saw her face transforming,” he said.
Witnesses also recall Traore’ shouting “a woman is trying to kill herself!” shortly before he threw her from the balcony. Ms. Halimi’s lawyers said it proved her killer was already planning his defense.