The Argentan public prosecutor's office on Tuesday requested a fine of 2000 euros suspended for endangering the life of others against the owner of a room in the Orne, where 150 people had met in full curfew to celebrate a wedding.
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This 50-year-old man was also tried in correctional for irregular opening of an establishment receiving the public in a district in a state of health emergency.
The judgment was reserved for May 18.
On the night of December 15 to 16, 2020, the day the second confinement ended but the night curfew began, Alexandre L. had rented a room of several hundred square meters to members of the Travelers' community in a estate he had bought in Avernes-Saint-Gourgon, in order to celebrate a wedding there. The prosecution requested a suspended fine of 2000 euros for endangering the life of others, 350 euros for unlawful opening of the room as well as the confiscation of the proceeds of the offense, namely the sum of 1000 euros, a Argentan prosecutor Florence Sroda told AFP.
Me Océane Dufoix, lawyer for the accused, pleaded for acquittal for endangering the life of others and requested a suspension of sentence for the fine required for unauthorized opening, given the precarious financial situation of his client. “
My client admitted his wrongs. He was in an inextricable financial situation with creditors putting pressure on him and he had been denied state aid on numerous occasions. Customers came to him without his having prospected them and he admitted having made the wrong decision
", told AFP Me Dufoix, specifying that there was"
no room rental before the done during the confinement period and afterwards during the curfew
Since December, Alexandre L. has put up for sale the estate, which includes the house in which he lives with his family.