Trial for Killing of Truffle Thief Begins

A French farmer has gone on trial for shooting dead a man he thought was stealing his truffles. 37-year-old Laurent Rambaud had grown increasingly frustrated with a spate of thefts in the south-eastern region of Drome and, on the night of 20 December2010 went into his fields armed with a shotgun. He came across 43-year-old Ernest Pardo, who was known as a truffle hunter and had previous indictments for theft, who was walking with his dog.