Convicted rapist who poisoned himself at French trial 'recovering'

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Willy Bardon, 45, who was on Friday found guilty of taking part in the abduction and rape of a young woman found murdered in northern France in 2002, was reported to be 'emerging from a coma' this weekend after he swallowed a highly toxic pesticide when the court's verdict was announced.

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A man who swallowed pesticide in an apparent suicide bid following his conviction for the rape and murder of a young woman in northern France almost two decades ago was slowly emerging from a coma while under guard in hospital at the weekend, reports The Straits Times.