This Friday, the attorney general, Loïc Abrial, requested 30 years of imprisonment against the alleged killer of Shaïna Hansye, tried since Monday at the assize court of minors of the Oise, in Beauvais. Aged 20 today, Ousmane (not her real name) is accused of stabbing and burning the 15-year-old girl alive on October 25, 2019, in Creil. The lawyers - Me Adel Fares and Me Élise Arfi - must now succeed each other for the pleadings of the defense.
On October 27, 2019, the charred body of the girl was discovered in a garden shed in the Plateau district of Creil. According to the medical examiner's report, the victim had been stabbed several days earlier before being doused with gasoline and burned alive. On October 30, investigators from the Creil judicial police (PJ) arrested Shaïna's boyfriend, who was named as the perpetrator by several people.
And in particular by one of his friends to whom the accused, 17 years old at the time, would have confided to have given appointment to his girlfriend with the plan to kill her by hiding beforehand a kitchen knife, a pair of gloves and a bottle of gasoline in the garden shed. Then, according to the testimony of this friend, he asked him to undress and stabbed him several times before setting his body on fire.
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The motive for the crime advanced by the prosecution? The announcement of a pregnancy, made a few days earlier by Shaïna to Ousmane. He would not have supported the idea and would have decided to kill his girlfriend. In detention, a prisoner claims to have heard him confess to having "killed his girlfriend who was a whore he had impregnated". According to the civil parties, it was Shaïna's reputation as an easy girl since she was "raped" [Editor's note: the facts were reclassified as sexual assault] in a disused clinic in Creil in August 2017 that facilitated the act.
"It's not just an act of someone isolated who has been a lead. There is something thoughtful behind it, which responds to an education, a conditioning and which is nourished by Shaïna's reputation even though she has been raped. It is because of this reputation that she will be targeted by the accused because he knows she is vulnerable and fragile," explains Zoé Royaux, a lawyer for the Women's Foundation, who is also a civil party to "send a message about what femicides and continuums of violence are".
But since the beginning of the proceedings, the accused has disputed the facts and maintained his innocence. A position he maintained during this trial judged behind closed doors because of his minority at the time of the facts. During the debates, the young man was described as "cold", for the Hansye family, and showing a "form of detachment" according to their lawyer Negar Haeri. According to Mr. Arfi, who will plead the acquittal of his client, he expressed "the difficulty of being accused when one claims one's innocence and that one faces such an extraordinary and media trial and such awful facts".