Her husband Craig, who is also known as Jack, makes a hysterical 999 emergency call, operators claiming to have found his wife lying on the stairs.
Suspect, but the police do not believe in his account and detained him in custody until the post-mortem was carried out.
The results came back to conclude that her injuries were not compatible with falling down the stairs.
Police in France said: “The Neighbors heard a fight the day before. There were a lot of alarming screams and cries for them.
“She is a high end of the area and they are not used to such a raising of voices and violence.”
The source said Craig, who is originally from Kirkcaldy was traveling around the world with his Romanian-born wife. He said he discovered his body when he woke up during the night.
The source said: “He was slightly intoxicated and spoke to us with a mixture of French and English.
“His wife had only arrived in France a few days before she was not allowed to travel due to the pandemic coronavirus.
“They have been renting the apartment and it is believed that they have planned to make it their home here in Aix.”
A police spokesperson said: “The call was made in French, with a clear English accent, that he had discovered the lifeless body of his companion on the stairs of their building.
“Forensic experts examined the body and concluded that the woman had been killed. The autopsy performed revealed injuries that were incompatible with a simple fall down the stairs. ”
The engineer was placed in pre-trial detention at the Former Pre-trial Detention Center before his case is referred to a judge there, where prosecutors will present their cases.
If the judge determines which cases should be prosecuted, the judge will make an order for the transfer of the district from the appeal court to the prosecution before being heard in a crime of the court.
If convicted, Sneddon faces up to 30 years in prison.
The Aliens Office is believed to offer assistance to Sneddon’s family, but said that they do not have any involvement with the victim’s family that he is not a British national.
It is understood Madalina, who also uses the name Marina, is originally from Bucharest, but he has been married to Sneddon for several years.