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Murder of Kévin Ribal: the suspect tried in Nice four years after stabbing the victim


The death of the young man, stabbed at the exit of a Cannes nightclub in October 2018, had aroused great emotion on the Côte d'Azur. The trial opens this Monday at the Assize Court of the Nice Court.

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An evening, an altercation and a drama.

On October 28, 2018, in Cannes, Kévin Ribal (23), lost his life after being stabbed in the early morning.

With two friends, the young man had gone to a nightclub near the Palais des Festivals, "Le KA" which has since become "Bisou bisou".

On leaving, at 4:20 a.m., he was attacked by a 26-year-old man who stabbed him twice with a fatal knife.

For what reasons ?

More than four years later, his family is still waiting for an explanation.

She hopes to find some during the trial which opens on Monday, at the Assize Court of the Nice court.

“His parents want to understand and know why their son was killed when nothing happened during the evening

, summarizes the lawyer for the civil party, Me Gérard Baudoux.

He didn't even know his attacker."

The case and the death of Kévin Ribal had aroused great emotion on the Côte d'Azur.

A white march was held on the Saturday following the events.

A fundraiser a few months later was to be used to help the family in this mourning.

"People don't forget what happened!"

, they claimed, still bruised in


, a few days before the opening of the trial.

Kévin Ribal worked within the Palais des festivals in Cannes.

Athlete and passionate about football, the young man was described as dynamic and ambitious.

With his group of friends, he had gone to this nightclub to please one of them after an accident and ongoing rehabilitation.

Escape to Italy

After fleeing to Italy, his attacker was intercepted at the border when he returned to France on October 31, 2018. He was quickly identified by the police thanks to the precise description made by the friends of Kévin Ribal.

Incarcerated since at the Grasse remand center, he is accused of murder.

His version has varied several times.

While in police custody, he admitted having attacked Kévin Ribal, without explaining the reasons.

To investigators, he first told of having had a verbal altercation in the nightclub, then that someone had grabbed him by the shoulder, without remembering if it was the victim.

The accused, on the other hand, denied his intention to kill during the stabbing attack.

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The latter, originally from Nice and the Moulins district, had already served a prison sentence for acts of robbery.

His demeanor had since changed, with those close to him describing him as rambunctious and restless.

He drank more alcohol and became violent.

Marginal and often impulsive, the accused increasingly frequented a mosque, we can read in the dismissal judgment that

Le Figaro

was able to consult .

Two other defendants will appear with him, who appear free.

One for

"complicity in the crime of murder"

, in particular for having provided him with the knife, and the other for

"subtraction of an object concerning a crime to obstruct the manifestation of the truth"


Both were known to police and have previous convictions.

The trial is expected to last all week in Nice.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-02-05

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