A 47-year-old Swiss man shot and killed his 69-year-old neighbour with his hunting rifle on Saturday in Neirivue in central Switzerland.

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Neighbours’ dispute ends in tragedy

A 47-year-old Swiss man shot and killed his 69-year-old neighbour with his hunting rifle on Saturday in Neirivue in central Switzerland.

Emergency services were powerless to help the victim after the younger man shot him in the face, newspaper Le Matin reports.

The assailant left the rifle at the crime scene and walked towards the centre of the village. He then called the police and was arrested shortly afterwards.

Initial investigations have shown that the two men, who lived next door to each other, began quarrelling on Saturday afternoon.

The 47-year-old man had received a notice of eviction from the owner of the flat where he had lived for a year. A police spokesman said the involvement of the victim in the future eviction of the assailant could have sparked the argument between the two.

Both men lived alone, although the 69-year-old was separated and had children.

The Neirivue episode is the latest in a series of deaths involving firearm to have taken place in Switzerland in the last few weeks. 

A 23-year-old man died on November 14th in Boudry, canton Neuchatel, after a friend of his pulled the trigger of his military rifle in the mistaken belief that it was an air gun.

Ten days earlier, in Saint Leonard, canton Vaud, another military weapon was used in the killing of a 21-year-old woman. Her 23-year-old boyfriend is in prison awaiting trial.

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KILLING

Three jailed for beating Spanish DJ to death

Three foreigners in their 20s are in jail after being convicted of killing a 37-year-old Spanish DJ in the town of Saint Maurice in the canton of Valais more than two years ago.

Three jailed for beating Spanish DJ to death
Rhône River at Saint Maurice. Photo: Flobert/Wikimedia Commons

The DJ was beaten up by the men, who thought he had marijuana, and left to die by the shores of the Rhône River on January 27th 2013.

The ringleader of the group, a Kosovo man whose brother is currently serving a 10-year prison term, was jailed by a Martigny court for eight years for murder through recklessness and robbery, 20 Minutes reported on Monday.

The court sentenced a Frenchman to five and a half years behind bars and a Portuguese man to five years in prison for their roles in the killing.

A fourth man, also from Portugal, was found innocent of any role in the victim’s death.

 The culprits were arrested eight months after the killing.

The court heard that the Kosovar began the attack on the Spaniard, who weighed just 51 kilograms, with a kick to the neck that was followed by repeated kicks and punches from the group.

The victim implored his attackers too stop but they continued before robbing him of valuables and fleeing the scene.

The three jailed men face expulsion from Switzerland once the appeal process is exhausted, 20 Minutes said.

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