He could face up to two years in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros.
Finally, a twelve-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 1,000 euros were required on Wednesday at the Paris court against a man appearing for cyberharassment against journalist Christine Kelly.
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Absent from the hearing and unrepresented, Patrick K., a computer engineer of Cameroonian origin presenting himself as a "
", had written, in November 2021, an email followed by several messages on the private line of the CNews journalist in threatening her with the "
The ax will inevitably fall on your well-made head
,” he threatened.
According to the prosecutor, this man's remarks against the journalist were "
virulent, insulting, denigrating and humiliating
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Patrick K., 50, was "
" with Christine Kelly, noted the magistrate, recalling that the defendant had published an "
" in 2020 posted on social networks where he vehemently attacked the journalist, the dealing in particular with "
" and "
The facts came just a year after the assassination of Professor Samuel Paty, the victim of attacks on social networks before having his throat cut.
We can therefore understand the terror of Ms. Kelly
," noted the prosecutor.
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Acknowledgment of the facts at a minimum
Christine Kelly, absent at the hearing, was "
" by the threats made by Patrick K., said her lawyers Arash Derambarsh and Besma Maghrebi.
She has since been living under police protection.
During his hearings, the man "
acknowledged the minimum facts
" with a "
lack of awareness of having committed a crime
", underlined the prosecutor.
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The investigation revealed that he had paid a specialized site to obtain the journalist's private telephone number.
He is a dangerous tracker
”, animated by “
a desire to harm
”, estimated Besma Maghrebi.
In her indictment, the prosecutor also asked that the defendant, if convicted, be subject to a "
prohibition of contact with his victim for five years
" and to follow a "
" to make him aware of the hate online.
The decision is expected on October 5.