312. The number of horror, that of the alleged victims of Joël Le Scouarnec, according to the public prosecutor of Lorient Séphane Kellenberger.
312, without counting 31 other people identified, but whose cases were considered as
"impossible to sufficiently characterize"
312, this number which will be engraved in the minds of the participants in the trial of the former surgeon, which takes place from Monday to Thursday in Saintes (Charente-Maritime).
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However, at the hearing, the number 4 is the only one that will matter, on a strictly judicial level.
The only one that the Assize Court must take into consideration, since Joël Le Scouarnec is currently only referred to justice for facts allegedly committed on 4 people: alleged sexual assault and alleged rape between 1989 and 2017 on a neighbor, two nieces and a patient, all minors at the time of the alleged facts.
He faces twenty years of criminal imprisonment.
The second part of the case of the “Jonzac surgeon” is still under investigation.
“These 312 cases are the subject of a parallel investigation.
My client remains presumed innocent;
he is not currently on trial for that, ”
insists Me Thibaut Kurzawa, the defense lawyer.
"This will necessarily have a weight,"
replied Me Delphine Driguez, counsel to the two nieces of the accused.
“Even if these facts will not be judged this week, they will be present in the heads of the jurors.
We cannot ignore it!
Likely in camera
The 312 cases should in no case make us forget the 4 of this first part.
The Saintes trial is crucial.
First, so that Aurélie *, Héléna *, Amélie * and Lisa *, the alleged victims, can
“Aurélie and Héléna are waiting for the trial to end.
The interruption of the March trial
[linked to the coronavirus, Editor's note]
was appalling for them.
They are in apnea since the facts but are ready to face their executioner ”, continues
Me Driguez, who will ask for a requalification in“ rape ”for the elder of the sisters.
Then, to obtain explanations from the principal concerned.
“He is determined to speak out.
He had also started to do so in March ”
, confides Me Kurzawa, before adding:
“ He is there to recognize what he has done, but also to challenge any fact of a criminal nature
Since the start of the affair, the sixty-year-old has fiercely denied any rape, admitting only sexual assault.
"We are waiting for him to confess,"
however hopes Me Francesca Satta, Lisa's lawyer and her parents.
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Whatever the defendant's line of defense, it is to be feared that no journalist is present to report his remarks.
As in March, several civil party lawyers intend to request a total closed session.
Closed by law in cases of sexual violence, which should therefore be granted by the Assize Court.
What lament the relatives and lawyer Lisa.
“Somehow, it is still perpetuating the silence enjoyed by Joël Le Scouarnec for thirty years,”
said Me Satta.
Sordid clichés and comments
If the parents of the little girl will be present at the hearing to testify to
"their daily struggle to rebuild themselves"
, Lisa will not attend the debates.
The girl, now ten years old, is the one who has revealed what could be "the biggest case of pedophilia in France".
By confiding in her mother in April 2017 on the actions of their neighbor, she triggered the first custody of Joël Le Scouarnec and the search of his home in Jonzac.
In the 60-year-old, the investigators found dolls, wigs, dildos, child pornographic images ... As well as the famous "notebooks", which actually consist of a multitude of media, manuscripts or digital.
Inside, hundreds of children's names accompanied by sordid comments.
At the hearing, some of these elements will obviously be raised.
"There are writings about my clients, supported by photos of them in appalling positions ..."
, warns Me Driguez.
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How, in view of all these elements, did the
“Le Scouarnec affair” break
out so late?
What did the family and professional entourage of the respondent know, sentenced to four months in prison in 2005 for "possession of a child pornographic image"?
These are all questions that the civil party lawyers intend to address during the hearing, which will be scrutinized with special attention by those who will in turn be civil parties at the next Le Scouarnec trial.
* First names have been changed
* First names have been changed