It was the same procedure each time: seduced online or on the terrace of a cafe, a man invited a young woman to his place.
But they happened to two, between friends.
Sometimes after a trip to the gas station to refuel, because their bank card did not work, after an invitation to a restaurant or a good meal cooked together at home, it was necessary to drink to the meeting.
Even for Mr. C. who never drank alcohol, “they insisted, he accepted just for a drink”.
Another remembers that “his coca rum had a strange aspect” but he will drink it anyway, reports the president of the Dax correctional court (Landes).
The next morning, nauseous, the victims of Ludivine M. and Somia Z. woke up naked, without any memory.
They realized that they had vomited and had their identity papers, phone, money and even their keys removed.
"Can you imagine the humiliation?
My client found himself locked in his own apartment, he had to call for help from his balcony, ”underlines Me Clément, who represented one of the victims.
As for the others, bank withdrawals were made without his knowledge.
And his car is also missing.
It will be used to replace the first vehicle that carried the two friends, a Twingo rented but never returned and whose real owner had filed a complaint for breach of trust.
On board these stolen cars, supplied with gasoline thanks to stolen checks, paying for hotel rooms in the same way, the two acolytes went between December 2017 and the beginning of February 2018, in Tarn, Gers, France. Yonne, the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the Landes and Provence.
"Two poisoners and a frozen lover"
“We could almost smile at these Thelma and Louise in Marseille sauce, so unlikely to come across this duo in our courts.
But it's a bad Thelma and Louise.
They are two poisoners and a cold and no less dishonest lover who followed them on a run through the French departments, ”points out the prosecutor Aude Le Hérissier.
Ridley Scott's film is in everyone's mind and voice.
"They did not fall over the precipice, but landed in front of your jurisdiction", tempers Me Nathalie Brethoux, lawyer for Ludivine M.
"They were each in a phase of self-destruction, for different reasons, this road movie was a kind of bailout that makes collateral victims," adds Me Dutin, Somia Z's lawyer. could be more seriously affected, insists the prosecutor, "I realized the impacts that it could have had that once in police custody" recognizes the young woman, who was "all the time high".
For her cocktails, she took "what she had on hand", namely her treatment with anxiolytics and sleeping pills to create a drink which, mixed with alcohol, plunged their targets into a deep sleep.
The team will have lasted less than three months.
Because the two defendants did not play the discretion.
Spotted on service station surveillance cameras, recognized by those they scammed and who filed a complaint, not to mention the telephone investigation, the two young women, aged 32 and 35 at the time of the facts, are quickly questioned.
And with them, Alexis C., Somia's companion at the time.
It is "the part of this main story", assures his lawyer, Me Renaudie.
Like the other two defendants, her criminal record is far from empty.
"He was the only man in the trio and the checks were stolen from male victims," says the lawyer to explain his role with the stolen checks.
This Monday, October 26, the court followed the requests of the prosecutor who had requested six months in prison for the young man with an ad initio arrangement under an electronic bracelet, 12 months in prison, including six with a probationary suspension, for Ludivine M. and two years' imprisonment, including one year suspended probation, for Somia Z., with compulsory care.
The obligation to work and compensation for victims were demanded for the three defendants.