17/02/2018 11:05 GMT | Updated 17/02/2018 11:06 GMT

Convicted Killer Michel Fourniret ‘Confesses’ To 1990 Murder Of Briton Joanna Parrish

The long-time suspect was dubbed 'the Ogre of the Ardennes'.

A convicted serial killer has reportedly confessed to killing a British woman in France 27 years ago.

Joanna Parrish, 21, from Gloucester, was raped and murdered in Auxerre in 1990, while working as an English teacher during her gap year, The Press Association reports.

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Joanna Parrish

Convicted rapist and murderer Michel Fourniret, dubbed “the Ogre of the Ardennes”, had for a long time been the prime suspect in the brutal attack on the student.

And according to Parrish’s family lawyer the killer has finally admitted to her murder.

Lawyer Didier Seban told the BBC that over the past week Fourniret had appeared in court “two to three times” and admitted the killing on each occasion.

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Michel Fourniet, pictured leaving his May 2008 trial for sexually assaulting and killing seven girls and women aged 12 and 22

He added that Fourniret would  now be questioned further, which “should lead to charges”.

Parrish’s father, Roger Parrish, told the broadcaster the confession had come as a ”shock” and that he hoped it was not another “false lead”.

In May 2008, Fourniret was sentenced to life in prison for the joint rape and murder of seven girls.