Tuesday, January 18

Miscellaneous facts. Feminicide near Saumur: the suspect indicted and imprisoned

The 22-year-old soldier suspected of having stabbed his companion, also a soldier, near Saumur, was indicted on Monday and placed in pre-trial detention, said Angers prosecutor Éric Bouillard.

The body of the 27-year-old victim was found early in the morning on Saturday in Bellevigne-les-Châteaux (Maine-et-Loire), near Saumur, on the landing of a small building. A soldier in the 2nd Fontevraud Dragoon Regiment, the young woman and her companion had been living with the latter’s brother for several days.

Alcohol but also “family problems and jealousy”

During the night of December 31 to January 1, the suspect became aggressive and violent with his brother as well as with the victim. While his brother was leaving the house and warning the gendarmes, the suspect stabbed his partner several times on the landing of the apartment.
He was arrested a few hundred meters from the crime scene.

“The facts were recognized without any difficulty”, declared Me Olivier Rolland, lawyer of the mis en cause. According to him, the scene took place during a “very very alcoholic evening” against a backdrop of “family problems and jealousy”.

Three legal proceedings for violence against his partner and against his brother

Tahitian by origin, military since 2018 and currently attached to the 2nd Marine Infantry Regiment (RIMA) of Le Mans, the suspect was “very marked by his stay in Mali” as part of Operation Barkhane, according to his lawyer, who reported a “change of attitude” since returning from overseas operations. Without a criminal record so far, the young man is subject to three separate legal proceedings for violence against his partner and against his brother, which took place during the year 2021. He must appear in correctional court in Lorient, Le Mans and in Saumur in January, March and June 2022 in connection with these cases.

This violence earned him a placement under judicial supervision prohibiting him from coming into contact with the victim, who was not respected.

113 feminicides in 2011

“The victim himself was getting back in touch with the author. They had resumed their life together, ”said the prosecutor. The suspect and the victim had entered into a romantic relationship nine months before the incident. The suspect’s brother was also a soldier in the 2nd Fontevraud Dragoon Regiment, the same as the victim’s.

According to a report from the Ministry of the Interior, 102 men killed their spouse or ex-spouse in 2020. They were 146 in 2019. The feminist collective against gender-based and sexual violence #NousToutes counts 113 feminicides in 2021.


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