Rape claims against shot Alps cyclist

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Marc Sutton owned a restaurant in the small town of Les Gets

The girlfriend and parent of a human shot dead while cycling in the French Alps have defended him against rape claims.

Marc Sutton, 34, from Caerphilly, was mountain biking near Morzine when he was struck by a stray bullet understood to have been fired by a hunter.

Following tributes to him, his sister Katie Toghill told The Sun newspaper that he repeatedly raped, threatened and physically abused her as a child.

But other family members said they are devastated by the allegations.

His partner Jo Watts, 35, who operated Wild Beets Kitchen in Les Gets in the Alps, said: “Of course I’m shattered by his death, his life taken so violently by a hunter while he innocently rode his bike on a popular track.

“Now to add to all that I’m devastated people have chosen now to stimulate these allegations – nothing to do with how he died – when Marc is not here to defend himself.”

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