For three days in April 2014, Danaé K., Wendy H. and Christel W., aged 21, 22 and 43, were accused of having held the victim in an apartment in Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine), forcing him at gunpoint to have sex with men contacted for this purpose. Three men, accused of having non-consensual and paid sex with the girl, are on trial alongside them for rape.
According to the investigation, the teenager from Seine-Maritime had joined during a runaway former friends, Wendy H. and Danaé K., in the Paris region. She said she had argued with them in the past over a "boy story." In a bar, the three defendants have, according to the prosecution, pushed the teenager to kiss a man met on the spot, before, once returned to Christel W.'s home, forcing her to have sex with him. They subsequently demanded a few dozen euros from Mahfoudh M., aged 32 at the time of the facts. During the following days, the young victim was, according to the prosecution, beaten and humiliated by the three accused, who monitored and sometimes filmed the sexual relations to which she was forced.
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My client has been waiting for almost ten years for her victim status to be recognized. She wants the crimes of undeniable violence, committed by adults more than twice her age, to be firmly condemned, "said Me Clément Diakonoff, lawyer of the victim, civil party to the trial. The six accused appear free under judicial supervision.
Raymond A. and Mouloud B., 37 and 23 years old at the time, admitted to having paid the accused "100 euros", saying to investigators that the girl was consenting and that they thought she was of age.
The three accused had explained during the investigation to have pushed the teenager to have paid sex in order to reimburse the cost of a locksmith, called according to them "by his fault". The police had been alerted by a phone call from one of the accused to an acquaintance of the victim, to whom they had told them planned to "run it in cellars".
The victim suffered, after three days of sequestration, from edema on the face, a wound on the eardrum, bruises on the arms and buttocks and gynecological lesions. The accused were referred to the Assize Court for kidnapping "with torture or barbaric acts". Several defense lawyers regret to see the trial open more than nine years after the fact, while their clients have "changed their lives" and "evolved". "My client today expresses a lot of regret, she has made progress on many things. She now lives far from the Paris region, receives care, "explained Me Quentin Dekimpe, lawyer of Christel W.
This judicial dysfunction reflects the state of justice in France. And who suffers? The victim first, who for ten years had the trial in mind. And then the accused who have this sword of Damocles over their heads, "said Me Stéphane Maugendre, counsel for Mouloud B. The verdict is expected on June 9.