Pierre Palmade was remanded in custody, but in his hospital room.
Nearly three weeks after the serious road accident in Seine-et-Marne which seriously injured three people, including a pregnant woman who lost her child, the comedian's legal horizon remains dark.
Indicted for injuries and manslaughter, he is still suspected of having viewed or possessed child pornography.
In this second part of the case, the investigators of the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM) are working hard to disentangle the true from the false.
At the same time, his fragile health has, for the time being, allowed him to escape life behind bars.
But this situation remains temporary.
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Isolation or secure hospital unit?
The Paris Court of Appeal overturned on Monday the decision taken by the Melun court, which had placed him under house arrest in an addiction unit, under an electronic bracelet.
But while the comedian suffered a stroke last Saturday, Pierre Palmade is now hospitalized in the neurology department of the Kremlin-Bicêtre hospital, in Val-de-Marne and placed in prison.
A prison source tells Le
that clerks went to his room to confirm his identity and notify him of his detention.
His fingerprints were also taken and a prison number was assigned to him.
He is currently watched by police and can no longer receive visitors without a permit having been issued by the judge, we are told.
In addition, all of his means of communication were withdrawn.
The rest of his prison career now depends on the opinion of the doctors of the prison administration.
If they consider him fit enough, he could be transferred to Fresnes prison, in Val-de-Marne.
Within this penitentiary center, the comedian could be placed in isolation for his safety – this is not a disciplinary measure – or within the health unit, which takes care of detainees requiring minor care.
Our source tells us that there is also an addiction service within the prison of Fresnes which is "
honed in the management of this kind of profile
If his state of health requires further care, he could then be transferred within
an interregional secure hospital unit (UHSI).
, the unit of the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris receives prisoners from Fresnes requiring heavy hospitalizations, requiring treatment for more than 48 hours.
Road accident investigation
It remains to be seen how long Pierre Palmade will remain in pre-trial detention.
The initial duration of this status is one year but, after this period, it can be extended every six months after a contradictory debate before the judge of freedoms and detention (JLD).
However, this duration remains limited to three years and a summary release may however be claimed by the defendant.
The time of detention is also subject to the charges.
As such, in the Palmade case, the question arises concerning the involuntary homicide retained in connection with the death of the fetus.
According to the law, an offense of intentional or involuntary homicide can only concern a legal person.
To become one, the child must be born alive and viable.
The victim, who left the hospital a week ago that during the emergency caesarean section she underwent after the accident, the hospital midwife allegedly told her that "the heart of
the child was beating and was born viable
It remains to be seen what the medical experts conclude.
As for the psychological state of the young woman, "
she is still devastated
" by the loss, reports her lawyer Me Battikh.
As for the other victims, their physical condition seems to have stabilized.
The 6-year-old child, who was in the back of the vehicle at the time and who had a fractured jaw, “
returned weakened to his home with his mother
The driver, his father, is still hospitalized after undergoing six operations.
His health remains a concern.
Suspicions of child pornography
Added to this terrible accident are the investigations (still in progress) about the possession of child pornography images by Pierre Palmade, launched after a report.
For the moment, no charges have been brought against the comedian in this new case.
His Parisian home and his house in Seine-et-Marne were however searched and computer equipment was seized, said AFP.
As part of this investigation, a relative of Pierre Palmade was heard by the police a few days ago.
He would have sent them videos where the actor would appear “
” by images of a “
little girl and an old gentleman
”, revealed BFMTV.
Elements that raise questions and require further investigation.
These were entrusted to the Brigade for the protection of minors and a man was indicted last Saturday for “dissemination and possession of child pornography images”.
He was placed under judicial supervision.