Notorious cannibal escapes from secure psych ward and attacks helpless woman

A notorious French cannibal escaped from custody in a psychiatric ward and managed to attack a helpless woman.

Jeremey Rimbaud, 34, who previously murdered a farmer and 'cooked his heart and tongue with white beans', launched the frightening attack in Toulouse at around 10pm on Wednesday.

Rimbaud is a former solider and fought against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He had been held in a secure psychiatric unit since 2011.

Regarding this week's attack, an investigating source explained: "She was absolutely terrified. The lady was out walking her dog close to the centre of the city when Rimbaud struck. He punched her in the back of the head and then hit here with a stick, before passers-by intervened, and chased him off.

"It was only later that she was told that she had been attacked by a known cannibal."

The killer was taken back to custody in the psychiatric ward after the attack was thwarted.

In June 2011, Rimbaud returned to France from Afghanistan where he had completed a tour of duty as a corporal.

On November 14 that year, he brutally murdered 90-year-old farmer Leopold Pedebidau in Nouilhan, west of Toulouse, before chopping him up and cooking his body parts.

Court papers later detailed his savagery, explaining how he "cut out his victim’s tongue and a piece of his heart, to cook them with white beans".

'The Cannibal of the Pyrenees', as Rimbaud later became known after being handed a life sentence for murder, was only caught when he attempted to murder a second farmer.

He was later diagnosed with schizophrenia, and was also found to have been suffering from post-traumatic shock following his military deployment in Afghanistan.

A local police spokesman confirmed today: "The convicted killer has been returned to custody."

He added that an enquiry was underway to try and find out how he escaped from the secure psychiatric ward.

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