It was a detail that struck him and that André Garcia remembers vividly, almost twelve years later.
Professional reflex, no doubt.
Former police officer at the Sète police station (Hérault) and neighbor of the couple, it is him that Rémi Chesne calls, this July 5, 2009, shortly before six in the morning.
“Come on right away, Nadège is hanged in the garage,” he announces in a blank voice.
On the spot, the image captures him.
"She was in a dress, all made up, her nails varnished, with her shoes ... She looked like a bride," he said at the helm of the Hérault Assize Court on Thursday evening.
With the complexion of the hanged man, the former official quickly understands that there is nothing more to do and welcomes the firefighters, alongside a Rémi Chesne with strange behavior.
"He seemed very angry, he was talking and laughing at the same time, I found that not normal", he explains for the court, which listens to him attentively.
To the investigators, at the time, he had already pointed out these other oddities: the house, and in particular the sofa where Nadège Chesne would have slept, so impeccably tidy;
the look of his neighbor, dressed and freshly shaved ... but who did not try to unhook his wife.
Cremated without even telling the in-laws
If this episode has interested the Assize Court so much since Monday, it is because it is at the heart of the motive retained by the prosecution.
Rémi Chesne, tried alongside Audrey Louvet for the assassination of Patrick Isoird in June 2014, would have acted out of revenge, still not digesting, five years later, that his wife could have cheated on him with this man, who worked with she at the Sète hospital.
A one-night stand between Audrey and Patrick precisely the day before this strange suicide ...
A death now suspect in the eyes of justice - it reopened the file in parallel - which continues to invite itself in the debates.
Earlier, Francis Chicard, Nadège's brother, had also come to develop his doubts, evoking his sudden change in behavior.
Six months before his death, she told him over the phone that she didn't want to hear from him anymore.
“I didn't understand, it looked like it wasn't her… I suggested that she go down to Sète so that we could talk about it but she refused,” he recalls.
Bloody cave affair: a “crime of self-love”?
Months pass and Francis Chicard is worried.
In May, then in August 2009, he enters his sister's name in a search engine and discovers ... a death notice.
Rémi Chesne had Nadège cremated, without even warning his in-laws, he said, respecting his last wishes.
Stunned, he learns that his sister, aged only 38, had drawn up two wills.
The documents indeed stipulate that his relatives should not be notified in the event of death.
They speak, also and above all, of money.
"I believe that my husband brought me everything and that everything should come back to him," she writes repeatedly about their heritage, detailing right down to the couple's furniture.
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Strangely enough, she ignores a recent donation from her father: 600 napoleons in gold.
"For me, these are dictations, made by Rémi Chesne", accuses Francis Chicard, who also wonders about his strange suicide note.
A letter from a leaf, mixing apologies and embarrassing details on his report the day before, which ended abruptly, without a signature or a word for his daughter.
"She was too modest, she would never have written about her sexual antics like that!"
», Insists Francis Chicard.
In 2006, the shy Nadège had nevertheless indulged in some confidences with her father.
Sick, he could not come and testify.
"She told him that her relationship was wobbly and that she was considering selling the gold coins to take an apartment with her daughter."
She would have specified having made the same year a handrail for domestic violence ...
“You talk about things that are not on file!
It is disloyal ", gets carried away Me Luc Abratkiewicz, one of the lawyers of Rémi Chesne, aware of the disastrous impression for his client who is not judged for these facts and" to whom we come to make a second trial ".
It already has a lot to do with the first, which must continue with the eagerly awaited audience, Friday, of Audrey Louvet.