“The courts know the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence too well. It’s a real scourge.” The words will be released on Friday by Deputy Prosecutor Bérengère Lacan. In front of her, in the defendant’s box, a young man of 21 appears on charges of harassment, death threats, and repeated physical and verbal violence against his partner.
The Montalbanais was already convicted and imprisoned in August 2019 for similar facts about the same person. In a relationship since 2017, the two young people have known each other since college and live a relationship that is described by both as “toxic”. Her story is shaped by contradicting relationships and separations.
“During your arguments, you insist,” the judge continues, citing as an example the time when he climbed onto the balcony on the first floor of her apartment to speak to her because she did not answer the phone. Or those 258 calls and 121 text messages on his cell phone in a month. “I had to see her again and I often insisted it was true,” he admits. The latter will even go so far as to attempt suicide several times and feel “abandoned”.
But the last argument in December 2020 almost cost the young woman her life. His companion beside himself then attacks his dog. “She couldn’t stand the fact that I yelled at him and she jumped from the balcony angrily,” justifies the defendant painfully. When called to the bar, the victim gave a completely different speech: “He hit my dog and tried to strangle him with a rope. I wanted to intervene. He threw me to the ground, pulled me down. By the hair and I was afraid, that he would take a knife in the kitchen and I tried to escape through the balcony, “she explains.
Your companion will fetch her and help her return to the apartment. However, he will not call for help if the young woman appears to be in shock. After all, it is the latter’s father who will accompany him to the emergency room four days later. Assessment: irreversible consequences and severe cognitive disorders.
Annual fixed and anti-reconciliation mechanism
For the civil party’s attorney, “it is now a matter of protection and ultimate detachment so that the victim can rebuild.”
The long defense argument, pointing to the “passionate context” and the “extremely unstable and fragile” personalities of the two parties, is not enough to win the judge’s mercy. Verdict: 24 months in prison, twelve of which were accompanied by a two-year probationary period, with an obligation to work, look after the victim and forbid them to approach the victim or go to his home. When he is released from prison, the young man has to wear a device against the approach for six months.