The Basics This Monday, May 3rd, the first trial of Nordahl Lelandais will open, charged with the murder of young sergeant Arthur Noyer in 2017.
“Yes, I gave Arthur Noyer death, but without wanting to give it. I never wanted to kill him.” Nordahl Lelandais speaks in the defendant’s box on Monday 3 May, the opening day of the first trial in the Chambéry.
The 38-year-old former soldier, released from his prison in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, appeared under a sky blue shirt with salt and pepper hair and a beard, an athletic body, and quietly denied his identity before the jury was formed . The hearing this Monday afternoon should allow us to return to the life course of Nordahl Lelandais.
Nullity of expertise
A decision has already been made this morning: the invalidity of any psychiatric expertise of the defendant due to a “reasonable doubt” about the impartiality of one of the experts.
Defense attorney Alain Jakubowicz argued for that first day of the trial before the Assizes of Savoy that the expertise that had been put on the file at his request at the end of 2020 should be rejected because Paul Bensussan, one of the two authors of that expertise, had on 30 March 2018 talked about France 5 during a broadcast of “C in the air” on the case.
Good morning everyone! I’m in the Chambéry courthouse to report on the trial of Nordahl #Lelandais in the Assize Court of Savoy for the murder of Corporal Arthur Noyer. The hearing starts at 10 a.m., so few people are currently on trial. Pic.twitter.com/iYthit8G9P
– Catherine Fournier (@cathfournier) May 3, 2021
An “angry man who can’t stand authority”
However, a second specialist knowledge can always be realized. A personality investigator met the defendant three times between December 2017 and March 2018 and speaks of a “childhood and adolescence without major difficulties”, a young man surrounded by love and “never a victim of violence by his parents”.
For the expert, Lelandais’s life changes after graduating from sports school and the army. The man will chain failures, odd jobs, sick leave, and unemployment benefits. One of his former employers speaks of an “angry man who cannot take authority”.
Regarding possible addictions, Nordahl Lelandais admits using cannabis between the ages of 17 and 30 and using cocaine “occasionally” from 2015 onwards.
In conclusion, the personality researcher speaks of a man and a life “without particular difficulties”.
The testimony of Nordahl Lelandais
Heard at the bar, the defendant recounts how failures ruined his life in 2017 (year of the deaths of Corporal Noyer and Maëlys de Araujo). The man was drinking at home alone, was using cocaine when he woke up and not wanting any help. The attorney general asks him whether he was using cocaine at the time of Arthur Noyer’s murder, and he affirmed that he “did not remember”.
Christiane, the mother of Lelandais, is heard as a witness. At the top, she tells the story of her son’s childhood: normal and happy. She returns to the defendant’s relationship with his late father. “My husband loved his children in his own way,” she says.
The verdict is expected around May 12th. The defendant faces a 30-year prison sentence. His trial in the Maëlys de Araujo case will take place next year.