The mother of a British cyclist shot dead in the French Alps after being mistaken for an animal has branded him a monster - and said she is glad he was killed.
Marc Sutton, 34, was shot by a hunter on Saturday near the Les Gets Alpine ski resort as he was cycling through woods.
Despite tributes from friends and neighbours, his mother Katrina said on Facebook: “I hope you rot in hell Mark Thomas Sutton.”
She declared: “My only disappointment is you died instantly. For any horrified people reading this, I’m not some vicious troll. I’m the woman who gave birth to him.’
She added: “This man was a monster. A bullet aimed at an animal. You aimed well. Karma called on you.”
Another woman claimed she had been raped and beaten by Sutton around 100 times.
However, Sutton’s girlfriend, broke her silence today to say the allegations about her boyfriend were “wicked lies.”
Jo Watts, his partner for nine years who set up the restaurant with him, said: “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 make these allegations – nothing to do with how he died – when Marc is not here to defend himself.”
She added: “His friends know the real Marc. The Marc I knew and loved was a kind, happy, loving man who would do anything for anyone.”
Sutton, who moved to France from originally from Caerphilly in south Wales six years ago, ran the Wild Beets Kitchen restaurant in Les Gets, a Haute-Savoie ski resort.
The Sun reported that Sutton fled abroad when confronted by his mother and alleged victim.
She told The Sun: “When I heard he had been killed I felt utter relief, it was a massive burden off my back. I was just relieved he couldn’t hurt us or anyone again.
“‘He deserved to be shot like an animal — he was the biggest animal there was.”
A former girlfriend said she had “cried with relief” at this death.
He was also said to have served six months in prison for assaulting another girlfriend, shattering her cheekbone and damaging her eye socket.
The 22-year-old hunter was taken to hospital suffering from shock and is being investigated on suspicion of aggravated manslaughter.