This Thursday, Joël Le Scouarnec, born December 3, 1950, is 70 years old.
Coincidence: it is also today that the “Jonzac surgeon”, in pre-trial detention since April 2017, will know how many more years he will spend behind bars if he is convicted by the Charente-Maritime Assize Court .
He faces twenty years of criminal imprisonment for sexual assault and rape on four minors at the time of the facts: Aurélie * and Héléna *, two of his nieces, Amélie *, a patient, and Lisa *, a neighbor.
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What happened during the first three days of Joël Le Scouarnec's trial?
More complicated question than it seems, because echoes of the course of the debates were rare.
The Assize Court has in fact granted the request of certain civil parties, who demanded that the trial take place behind closed doors.
It is therefore in front of a greatly reduced audience that the hearing was held, and only the few statements of the lawyers during the adjournments of the hearing allowed to know a little more about the progress of the trial.
At the bar marched a personality investigator, a psychologist, members of the retiree's family, then the civil parties themselves.
At the same time, the accused was questioned about his personality and the facts with which he is accused.
The one who has so far only recognized sexual assault has continued to deny having raped Lisa, but has confessed for the first time
on Aurélie and Héléna, as well as on several other people.
"It's a real relief for the victims, a huge step forward
said Me Driguez, the lawyer for the two nieces, reports AFP.
A two-part dossier
After these three days of hearing, place this Thursday for the requisitions of the Advocate General, the defense pleadings and the last words of the accused.
The Assize Court will then withdraw to deliberate.
Its verdict will be made publicly.
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The closure of this trial at Saintes will not however sign the end of Joël Le Scouarnec's appearances in court.
First, because the retiree can appeal against the verdict of the Assize Court, just like the public prosecutor.
The accused and the Advocate General have ten days to do so.
Then because it was only the first part of this sprawling file.
The “Jonzac surgeon” is in fact suspected of having sexually assaulted or raped 312 people, mostly children, during his thirty-year career in western France.
A judicial investigation is underway in Lorient, and should lead to a trial in the months or years to come.