An African migrant was convicted of breaking into a residence in France and attacking an elderly couple just days after he illegally entered the country, according to reports.
The harrowing incident unfolded in the early hours of Saturday morning in Brétigny-sur-Orge, a commune in the suburbs of Paris.
A 68-year-old woman had fallen asleep on a couch in her home while her husband was in their bedroom upstairs.
Suddenly, at around 4 a.m., the man heard a disturbance on the floor below, Le Parisien reports.
"I hear my wife scream. It was really violent," the husband later explained.
A burglar had broken into their residence and was assaulting the wife.
He strangled her and punched her in the face before her husband was able to intervene.
"I went down and I put him on the run," the man said.
The woman recounted the horrifying attack, saying she believed she would have been murdered if her husband hadn't saved her.
"There, he let go of my throat. I saw my death coming. For me, he came into my house to kill me," she said.
Police apprehended the suspect, who also carried out another burglary that night.
He was identified as 28-year-old Mohamed F., an illegal migrant from Libya.
He told prosecutors he had entered France just five days prior to the crime spree.
He was convicted on Tuesday and handed a one year suspended prison sentence.
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