The jury did not follow the requisitions of the public prosecutor, who had claimed twenty years of criminal imprisonment against the former firefighter of Paris.Acquitted after three years of imprisonment: the man accused of having suffocated a nonagenarian with a madeleine was found innocent, Friday evening in Tours, by the Assize Court of Indre-et-Loire. Without comment, President Aude Cristau announced the verdict. Alain J. is found not guilty of murder, as of a possible manslaughter. A verdict welcomed under the cheers of the relatives of the accused, now 63 years old. “It’s the end of a nightmare. I never doubted him”, reacted his wife, moved. in 2019The jury therefore did not follow the requisitions of the public prosecutor, who had claimed twenty years of criminal imprisonment against the former firefighter of Paris. “It is not a false road, (…) it is the assassination of an old woman”, had launched the Advocate General Pierre Gérard, during the third and last day of a trial marked by gray areas which ultimately benefited the accused. “It’s my belief, I have no way to prove it,” said the Advocate General. Yvette B., 92, resident in an Alzheimer unit in a Touraine nursing home, was found dead on May 13. 2019, in his bed, pieces of cake in his mouth. The accused had just visited him, bringing a packet of industrial madeleines. The motorcycle enthusiast had locked the bedroom door, a behavior that had raised questions among the nursing staff. The former Paris firefighter had contracted a life annuity in 1995 on a family home of the victim.”It has been three years since I said I am innocent”The man has always claimed his innocence since his imprisonment in May 2019. He had affirmed it from the opening of the trial on Wednesday and had repeated it again during his last speech: “It has been three years since I said that I am innocent. I did not kill”, a- he said, visibly exhausted. His lawyer, Me Abed Bendjador son, hailed “a logical decision, which comes three years too late”. The doubt instilled by masters Abed Bendjador father and son finally paid off. After having vigorously contested the elements reported by the director of investigation at the opening of the trial, the two counsel pointed out the inaccuracies of the witnesses and the reality of the motive. finance raised by the public prosecutor. There is no evidence to say that the project to buy a new house in the countryside “was urgent” or that it was prevented by the life annuity, insisted Me Bendjador son. “We serve you a story”, he thundered for the jurors during his argument. “This guy, he respected the rule all his life. (…) We come to tell you , with an investigation that goes wrong, that he committed the worst crime of the Penal Code“.”A scandalous investigation“, then added his father.”Apply the law of doubt“The former president in particular made a big deal statements from the establishment’s nurse, called when she was on another floor, to warn her that the old lady was suffocating. It was then 7:20 p.m. “And the other,” he exclaims, pointing to his client. “He’s been gone since 7 p.m..” “Are you going to condemn a man by letting this pass?”, He asked the jurors, before insisting on the mortuary toilet, carried out before the arrival of the doctor who came to certify the death. An act carried out before, too, the arrival of the police. “Despite the suspicion, we clean everything, we do the mortuary toilet, (…) we erase everything”, the council was annoyed. “All the findings, it is not the police who made them.” “If you have the intimate conviction, say ‘guilty’. I leave you with your conscience”, he concluded. “Apply the law of evidence. Apply the law of doubt.”
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