He had neither wanted to "make the buzz" nor to shock.
This was assured on Monday Boubacar, who had posted on the Snapchat social network a snapshot of Océane's lifeless body after her suicide at Evry-Courcouronnes station in March 2018.
At the end of the civil hearing held on Monday at the Paris court, the young man wanted to speak in front of the family of the young victim of 17, from Lisses, who came to seek compensation for the damage suffered after the release of this macabre photo.
“That morning I was leaving for work.
In shock, I took this photo and sent it to my friends.
It was not to hurt, ”resumed the young man who said he was also upset by this scene to the point of no longer being able to take the RER.
“He sought to share the shock of an emotion and that excludes any notion of buzz.
He didn't care that this photo reached Océane's family.
», Adds his lawyer Me Edouard Balsan who asks for the payment of a symbolic euro in recognition of the damage suffered by the family of the teenager.
"This does not detract from the fact that he is responsible for the dissemination of this photo"
"It is courageous on the part of this young man to have spoken during this hearing," says Laurence Alger, the victim's older sister.
But that doesn't take away from the fact that he is responsible for the dissemination of this photo.
On a criminal level, Boubacar had received a reminder of the law and had to do a citizenship course.
For her part, Me Cosima Ouhioun, the lawyer for those close to Océane, requested 5,000 euros in compensation for the damage suffered by her clients.
“This sum will be used to finance the actions of the Prévention Océane association set up by the family and which works to raise awareness against all these excesses that we see on social networks,” she says.
This photo of Océane was not only sent to the friends of this young man via Snapchat but also shared as a story.
Moreover, some close to Océane have outright learned of the young girl's suicide by discovering this photo on the Internet.
The objective of Océane's family is of course to obtain compensation for the damage suffered after the publication of the photo, but also for this type of case to be the subject of legal debates in the future.
The court will render its decision on October 28 on the amount of reparations awarded.