A Moroccan couple of Jewish decent were murdered and dismembered at their home in Casablanca last Sunday, local media reported.
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Sam Tolédano and Vicky Benchetrit were the victims in a crime police say was perpetrated by their gardener, who was said to have admitted to committing the murder due to financial hardship.
The bodies of the "aging couple," as they were described by Morocco World News, were found dismembered in different sites in Casablanca.
The gardener, identified by the initials M.R., reportedly faced eviction from his home due to his financial issues and had plotted to murder the couple and steal their money and jewelry.
According to Morocco World News, police were informed that the couple was missing on Wednesday, leading officers to the residence where UV rays were used to find blood traces that the perpetrated had tried to clean.
The bodies of Tolédano and Benchetrit were reportedly cut up after their death and their body parts were dispersed to different locations in the city of Casablanca.
However, the news site Diaspora Saharaui, which is critical of the government of Morocco over its occupation of Western Sahara, suggested in its reporting that the police’s version does not explain the mutilation of the bodies.
“Moroccan authorities tried to present the crime as motivated by greed but a simple thief would not have mutilated the bodies and dispersed their parts across the city,” the report said, citing the rarity of cases involving mutilation in Morocco.
Noting the couple’s high profile within the Jewish community, the news site urged Moroccan police to examine alternative motives for the crimes.