Alexandre Verdure, a former border worker, was sentenced Friday, September 24 by the Jura Assize Court of Appeal to 30 years of criminal imprisonment, a heavier sentence than at first instance, for the savage murder of a young Romanian prostitute in 2016 in Switzerland.
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This former security guard, who lived in Mouthe (Doubs) with his partner and his son at the time of the facts, was sentenced in December to 20 years' imprisonment at first instance.
The 34-year-old convict has always maintained that he was innocent, even though he admitted to having transported the body of the victim from Sullens, in Switzerland, to abandon it in the forest of Frasnois (Jura), in France.
"Everything accuses Alexandre Verdure"
According to his version, the man had just had a sex relationship with Mihaela Miloiu, 18, on the night of November 29 to 30, 2016 in Sullens, when two men arrived.
One would have threatened him while the other killed the young woman.
The two men then allegedly ordered him to "
do whatever is necessary
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For the Advocate General, Lionel Pascal, no element of the gendarmerie investigation "
allows to accredit the thesis of a murder perpetrated by pimps and, on the contrary, everything accuses Alexandre Verdure
", whose DNA is the the only one found on the victim.
The pimps had no interest in killing the young woman who represented "
a significant financial windfall
" and they would not have left a living witness, he said.
On the other hand, "
Alexandre Verdure had the will to methodically eliminate the evidence
" such as the murder weapon, the victim's clothes and his cell phone.
By killing Mihaela, he wanted to make his partner pay for his infidelity,
" according to the attorney general.
The deception reactivated a narcissistic loophole, he needed to transfer his violence and his hatred to another woman
", he added, stressing the "
savagery of the murder
The victim "wanted to escape", says the defense
The defense lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, criticized an investigation which “
stopped when Alexandre Verdure fell into the hands of the gendarmes
We have proof that Mihaela Miloiu wanted to escape, three days before we killed her, and we replaced her (by another young woman) on the day of her disappearance,
" he said. highlighting the great violence of pimps. The lawyer for the civil parties withdrew on the second day of the trial after
the death of the victim's father, whom he was unaware of.
Mihaela Miloiu, a Romanian teenager who fell under the influence of a "
" who had seduced her and then prostituted her on the sidewalks in Switzerland, has long remained "
the unknown of the Frasnois
His naked body, stabbed with 26 stab wounds, was discovered on December 15, 2016 in the forest of Frasnois (Jura).
All the bones in her face were shattered, making her unrecognizable.
Almost a year after her death, French and Swiss investigators had finally succeeded in identifying the young woman whose disappearance no one had reported.
They then confused Alexandre Verdure by checking the entries in the hospitals in the area.
The thirty-something had indeed gone on November 30, 2016 to the hospital to treat a wound to a hand.