Prosecutors Detail 244-Stab Attack on French Students

'Unmitigated evil' ended grad students' lives in London, says prosecutor
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2009 3:02 AM CDT
Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez were stabbed at their London flat by home invaders seeking money for drugs, prosecutors say.   (AP Photo / Metropolitan Police, PA)
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(Newser) – Prosecutors yesterday detailed an "unimaginably" horrific attack on two French students in their London apartment by home invaders seeking the men's ATM pin numbers, reports the Times of London. The gifted biochemistry grad students, who had been in London just two months to attend school there, were bound in their underwear and stabbed a total of 244 times over at least two hours in the attack last summer, according to opening statements in the trial of their two suspected killers.

The attackers successfully withdrew money from one account, but apparently became enraged when an ATM machine ate the card of the second roommate. One of the killers repeatedly stabbed the men in the head, and handed over the weapon to his accomplice to "finish off" the roommates, said the prosecutor.