On Tuesday evening, General De Gaulle’s avenue in Albi was the scene of a reconstruction of a crime scene. In May 2019, Luca Mariani, a young hope from Castres Olympique, violently assaulted another man, leaving him in serious condition.
Avenue Charles de Gaulle was closed to traffic from 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Lawyers, judges, police officers, but also witnesses were accused on site … The reason for this crowd? The reconstruction of a fight that took place late at night in 2019. The victim was near death that night. She was taken to the Toulouse hospital in Purpan in serious condition and violently attacked by another young man, Luca Mariani, then 20, in hopes of Castres Olympique.
It was the night of May 16-17, 2019. Luca Mariani has just discovered his girlfriend’s infidelity. Furious with rage, he ambushes his rival and leaves him in serious condition after having severely hit him with a bottle and several blows in the face. He escapes while 3 young people coming from a nearby bar arrive at his height. The arrest took place in Castres the next day without any problems. He was in police custody and charged with “attempted murder”. It was precisely the aim of this reconstruction, which was organized on Tuesday evening in the streets of Albi. Understand what happened that night. Did Luca Mariani really want to kill his rival? For his lawyer Me Robin Senié-Delon, this is the essential point of this reconstruction. “The point is to know whether my client was stopped that evening by the arrival of these three young men or whether, as he claims, he stood alone and fled. That changes everything, because in the first case we would be with one Otherwise the judge could classify the facts as violence with a weapon. If only he were arrested by an external element, we would of course retain a criminal qualification “, describes the defense lawyer from Toulouse.
The facts are still recognized
The young man was, of course, present on Tuesday in the middle of the investigators and black clothes to explain himself. Luca Mariani has been in custody for almost 22 months and has never denied the facts. The multiple requests to release his lawyer were never successful.
On this evening of May 16, 2019, quite drunk and annoyed, he reaches for his girlfriend’s cell phone, sleeps and communicates with the victim. He wants to know what’s going on between them. So he makes an appointment with the young man and waits impatiently for him with a bottle of vodka in his hand. He will attack her as soon as he gets there without saying a word. “He recognizes everything he always has. But it is a young man of 20 years old, jealous, who learns to be betrayed. But he is also a caring, kind young man, as can be seen from psychiatric and psychological expertise and personality examinations of the procedure. It’s really hard to imagine that there was a will to kill. He’s a young person with a good background, ”says Robin Senié-Delon.
The lawyer hopes that at the end of this reconstitution the file can be closed. So imagine holding a trial by the end of the year.