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Murder in Dunkirk, conviction of MHD, threats of attacks in high schools: the news of the week


Highlights: Murder in Dunkirk, conviction of MHD, threats of attacks in high schools: the news of the week. Justine Jotham suspected of having devised a formidable scenario to conceal her crime. A Sudanese refugee will be tried for the murder of Cyril Pierre, head of the reception unit for asylum seekers. The attackers of the Bayonne bus driver sentenced to 13 and 15 years in prison for their part in a deadly brawl in the summer of 2018. The king of afro-trap MHD was sentenced Saturday night to 12 years in jail.

NEWSLETTER «FAITS DIVERS» N°23 - Every Sunday, find an overview of police investigations and ongoing judicial cases.

Dear readers,

She had alerted the police, claiming to have been the victim of a fatal burglary to her husband. She was eventually indicted for murder. In Dunkirk, Justine Jotham is suspected of having devised a formidable scenario to conceal her crime. Her husband, university professor Patrice Charlemagne, was found dead at his home last week, stabbed. To escape this fate, Justine Jotham had told investigators that she had fled with their twenty-month-old baby.


But quickly, his story was undermined by the investigations... There was in particular "a gash on his left hand that corresponded to that of a glove found on the spot" and "the analysis of smartphones that suggested tensions in the couple". Faced with these disturbing elements, the 37-year-old doctor of literature confessed to stabbing her husband several times. However, she did not reveal the reasons that led her to the crime.


In the rest of the news of the various facts...

  • Rapper MHD sentenced to 12 years in prison for his participation in a deadly brawl

The rapper MHD, whose real name is Mohamed Sylla, had been on trial since September 4 by the Paris Assize Court. ALAIN JOCARD / AFP

After 14 hours of deliberation, the king of afro-trap MHD, whose real name is Mohamed Sylla, was sentenced Saturday night to 12 years in prison for the murder of a 23-year-old during a deadly brawl in the summer of 2018, in Paris.

Five of his co-defendants, who were on trial alongside him for the murder, were also sentenced to between 10 and 18 years in prison. Three other men were acquitted. The prosecution and defence now have 10 days to appeal.


  • Threats of cascading attacks against schools

In Seine-Maritime, Seine-Saint-Denis, Hautes-Pyrénées, or Yvelines ... At the beginning of last week, several schools were evacuated throughout France after being the target of threats of attacks.

Fortunately, none of these bomb threats were acted upon, but each brought its share of concern and disruption. Because each time, they mobilize police and demining teams at the scene of the false alarm, rather than at other places where the need is real.


  • The attackers of the Bayonne bus driver sentenced to 13 and 15 years in prison

1 minute and 41 seconds. It was at the end of this brief period of time that the life of Philippe Monguillot, a Bayonne bus driver without history, stopped. Three years later, after five days of hearing and five hours of deliberation, the Assize Court of Pyrénées-Atlantiques sentenced his attackers, Wyssem M. and Maxime G., respectively 21 and 15 years in prison.


Yesterday's fact

Le Figaro of 22 September 1993 Le Figaro

Thirty years ago, on September 21, 1993, Patrick Tissier, who will be nicknamed "The Ogre of Perpignan", was arrested for the rape and murder of little Karine Volckaert, 8 years old. The body is buried at the bottom of a well. The man, a repeat offender released from prison for eighteen months, also admits to raping and attempting to murder a friend, three days before the kidnapping of the girl. During the investigation, he also confessed to killing his neighbor, Concetta Lemma, whose body was not found until 1996 on his indications.

The case upset French society and calls for the reinstatement of the death penalty were launched in particular by the father of little Karine. Life imprisonment was then included in the Criminal Code in 1994. Patrick Tissier was the first to be sentenced to this sentence in 1998 with a 30-year security period. Now in his seventies, he has been able to begin the process of requesting release since last Thursday.

On the agenda

Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 September: trial of a man accused of causing the death of a police officer by refusing to comply with the control, in August 2020. The motorist was intoxicated at the time.

Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 September: A Sudanese refugee will be tried for the murder of Cyril Pierreval, head of the asylum unit at the reception centre for asylum seekers. The associative worker was not able to help him renew his residence permit. The Sudanese man then hit him several times with a knife.

From Monday, September 25, until October 10: seven years after the stabbing murder of a couple of police officers at their home in Magnanville in the Yvelines, under the eyes of their then three-year-old son, the trial of Mohamed Lamine Aberouz, alleged accomplice of the jihadist assailant shot by the Raid, opens Monday before the special assize court of Paris.

Thursday, September 28: International Day for the Right to Abortion.

To read / to see

We offer you the documentary "Un silence si noisant", which sheds a harsh light on incest. Co-directed by Emmanuelle Béart and Anastasia Mikova, it is broadcast this Sunday evening at 23:10 on M6. The film collects the words of four victims of incest with, in echo, elements delivered by Emmanuelle Béart who reveals to have experienced this trauma between her 10 and 14 years. The 60-year-old actress does not reveal the identity of her attacker, but specifies that it was not Guy Béart, her singer father who died in 2015.


The other witnesses are Norma, raped as a child by her grandfather, Pascale, who hid until her fifties the abuse inflicted by her father, Sarah, whose ex-companion abused their little girl between the ages of 4 and 8, and Joachim, who accuses his parents of incest, which they deny.

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See you next week,

Ambre Lepoivre, journalist at the news department of Le Figaro.

Source: lefigaro

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