The Versailles Court of Appeal must consider, from Monday September 26 to Friday September 30, the fate of two teenagers again tried for having struck and then killed a classmate, Alisha, 14, in Argenteuil in March 2021, on harassment background.
Almost six months ago, standing in the box of a packed courtroom, the 16-year-old boy and girl seemed unmoved as they read the detailed judgment.
The Pontoise juvenile court, unaccustomed to trying minors for such serious offences, sentenced them in April to 10 years in prison for "
murder of a 15-year-old minor
They initially appeared for "
", a crime that involves premeditation, punishable by twenty years in prison with the excuse of minority.
In camera hearing
But in the eyes of the court, the file did not contain "
sufficiently characterized elements
" proving the desire for "
" for the death of the young girl, even if the teenagers were "
" of the distress of the victim.
It's not normal, I expected something from the law.
They are going to come out in ten years.
My daughter has been killed
,” Alisha's mother shouted in the halls of the courthouse, supported by relatives.
The prosecution, whose requisitions were more severe than the decision, had appealed the next day.
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At Versailles, the qualification of the facts will therefore once again be at the heart of the debates, behind closed doors, of the minors' chamber of the court of appeal.
Could it be that this duo of teenagers, despite their tender age, fomented a plan as disastrous as that of the ambush in which Alisha fell on March 8, 2021?
“When we take separately all the preparatory acts of this infernal couple, they all converge towards a single and unique objective: to kill Alisha.
While trying to anticipate the legal consequences.
Me Jean Tamalet, Alisha's family lawyer.
Was it really useful, really necessary to appeal?
I don't believe it
, ”said Me Frank Berton, the teenager's lawyer.
We hope that it will take place with as much serenity
” as during the first trial, he added, however.
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The scene took place out of sight in Argenteuil, northwest of Paris.
At the foot of the pillars of the A15 motorway viaduct which spans the Seine, the young girl with a still childish face and raven hair had found a classmate from her third grade class, had traced Éric Corbaux, Pontoise prosecutor at the time. facts.
A few minutes later, a boy approached the victim to strike him multiple blows, some of which were in the face.
The victim was then thrown into the Seine, he continued.
The autopsy concluded death by drowning.
The motive that led to this macabre scenario also raises questions, as it seems inconceivable that teenage trivialities could lead to irreparable damage.
At the start of the September 2020 school year at the Cognacq-Jay vocational school, a private establishment in the city center of Argenteuil, the three protagonists had nevertheless sympathized.
But their relationship had deteriorated a few weeks before the tragedy, punctuated by love affairs and rivalries between young people.
Alisha's phone had been hacked and pictures of her in her underwear were posted on Snapchat.
Here she is “
” (“displayed”) in her high school, in a form of adolescent “
” known as one of the weapons of harassment.
To this episode were added a fight between the two young girls and the anger of the young man, who ruminated the affront of an insult against his deceased father, according to the prosecution.
Faced with this escalation, the establishment had temporarily excluded the two accused for the harassment of the victim.
After the events, it was the young man's mother who, seeing her son return with his clothes covered in blood, notified the police.
Once quickly changed, the teenagers had gone to dinner in Paris.