No, she does not wish to add anything in her defense, as proposed by the president of the tribunal.
The court, however, hoped until the last moment that Nathalie Perroux, 52, would speak to explain her murderous madness.
And possibly express some regrets.
Isn't that what one might expect from a mother who committed the crime of killing her own child?
Nathalie Perroux, 52, has remained true to herself, walled up in an uneasy silence.
Like a last violence inflicted on his former companion, Laurent Langer, sitting a few meters from his accused box.
The couple was in the process of separation at the time of the act, on July 28, 2017 in Elven (Morbihan).
It was to take revenge on him, and on an alleged adulterous relationship with his sister Valérie, that the mother of the family gave four sleeping pills that day to her 9-year-old son Nathan before slaughtering his throat. jugular vein level.
"Suddenly, without any hesitation," as the lawyer for the civil party, Me Le Fellec-Onno, pointed out.
"She looked at me with a big smile": the appalling story of Nathan's father, drugged and slaughtered by his mother
A thoughtful, prepared act, which followed many threats made in the weeks preceding the crime.
"Nathan's death was not immediate," recalled Me Le Reste, the father's lawyer.
Blood flowed out of the ten-centimeter wound for a few minutes, long enough for Nathalie to back down.
“She didn't give Nathan a chance.
The driving force behind this woman is hatred and violence, ”lamented the Advocate General, Stéphane Cantero, insisting on the premeditation of the act.
The right to silence
According to Me Le Reste, Nathan was reduced by his mother to “an object of suffering, a means of reaching his father. As they say in the countryside, it is bad ”. Me Le Fellec-Onno called for a sentence that does not "take half measures, especially since remorse and questioning are non-existent". For the Advocate General, “this case is extremely violent, of rare and exceptional gravity. Everyone will remember the Perroux affair for a long time! "
For the defense lawyer, Me Nokovitch, the task was difficult. Looking around for her client, who refused to look up, she pleaded that the control of acts was impaired. "In this box, it is not a monster, but a simple woman", she tried to make understand to the jurors, reaffirming the right to silence of Nathalie Perroux. "I am the advocate of this immense silence," she admitted despite everything, a bit resigned.
One last time, she held out her hand to the one she had to defend against herself, the one who hid her gaze under her gray hair:
What are you
Madame Perroux? You are naked in this box. There is nothing more to hide
. And to receive, for only answer, a new silence ... The Advocate General had required between 25 and 30 years of criminal imprisonment. The court finally went beyond. Nathalie Perroux was sentenced to life imprisonment. The mental alteration was not retained.