A man who raped a 13-year-old boy in front of his family before stabbing them all to death has been jailed for life.
He torched the family’s home to cover up what’s been branded the most horrific murders in Switzerland’s modern history.
The 34-year-old, known only as Thomas N because of Swiss privacy laws, set his sights on 13-year-old Davin Schauer in the town of Rupperswil, and began stalking his family.
He waited for Davin’s father to leave the house on December 21, 2015, and tricked his way inside.
Once in, he tied up Davin, his brother Dion, 19, and Dion’s 21-year-old girlfriend Simona.
He then forced their mother Carla, 48, to go to the bank and withdraw money.
He then took out a knife and slit all their throats.
Firefighters found their blackened remains inside the home.
The horrific murders rocked the nation and sparked a massive hunt to find the killer, including the highest-ever reward – £75,000 – for information leading to his arrest.
Thomas N evaded the police for five months before the reward was offered, and when he was finally caught, he confessed immediately.
Sentencing him to life in prison, Court President Daniel Aeschbach said: ‘Thomas N acted in a primitive, cold-blooded manner, showed no capacity for empathy and was extremely egoistic.
When they returned, he tied her up and began raping the boy in front of them.