Among the witnesses of Arthur Noyer's last steps in the city center of Chambéry (Savoie), there are those who knew him well, such as these three friends of the 13th battalion of Alpine hunters that the young man had joined in 2014. Then those who, during that night of April 11 to 12, 2017 when he and his military friends had gone to feast in bars and nightclubs in the city, only crossed his path - like these bar bosses or these officials of a police-rescue crew intervened because one of his cell phones had been stolen.
On the third day of the trial of Nordahl Lelandais for the murder of the corporal, the parade of these witnesses before the Assize Court of Savoy gives a fleeting image of the personality of his victim. "Someone whole, who loved to laugh and enjoy every moment," describes his friend Vincent, who had chosen him as his sponsor at the BCA and who has since left the army. “He would smile when he woke up. Sentimental with girls. One of the few I've never spoken to about sex with. I have never felt attracted to a man ”, continue two other of his comrades. "He was very polite, he greeted me", relates the manager of two pubs that the young man alpague, while he is in the process of closing his establishments of a:
"Please, you can me bring back to Barby Barracks? "
However, the stake of these multiple depositions is not the evocation of the memory of Arthur Noyer - his relatives must be heard this weekend.
But to allow the court and the jurors to confront them with the version of the circumstances of the death of Arthur Noyer that Nordahl Lelandais delivered the day before.
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In a story of ten minutes interspersed with great silences, the accused claimed that the young soldier, almost stopping him at a roundabout, asked him to drop him off at Saint-Baldoph - and not at the barracks .
He portrayed him very preoccupied, even "annoyed" by "a
story of phone stolen in nightclub "and anxious to" explain "with his attackers.
Then, while he was dropping him off at Saint-Baldoph, Arthur Noyer allegedly forgot his phone in the passenger seat.
“I went downstairs to give it back.
Handing him, he said:
Ah in fact, it was you who stole my phone!
He punched me on the lips.
Nordahl Lelandais protested, but Arthur Noyer allegedly hit him again.
"He gives me a second punch.
From there, a fight begins.
I hit back with punches and… at one point he falls backwards.
»Stiff death, involuntarily killed ...
The young corporal was very drunk
At the bar, in small touches, the witnesses of the day contradict some of the elements of this story. Was Arthur addicted to his phone? Of a vengeful temperament? Did he have bad alcohol? Did he know anyone in Saint-Baldoph? No, say his friends. Did he know how to fight? To defend oneself ? ask the lawyers of Nordahl Lelandais. Yes, admit the same, "in the army we often did training courses in combat techniques." But was the young man in a condition to fight or retaliate, or too drunk, and therefore vulnerable? Why, if he's not the “drunk guy” that those who steal his cell phone will later describe in the minutes, do we see him staggering over the city's CCTV footage? And even lying on the floor of a sidewalk?
On the question of his degree of alcohol on the night of the events, opinions differ, the debates drag on… Until this talkative and joyful witness, Véronique B., now a bakery saleswoman, one of the last people to have exchanged with Arthur Noyer, that night.
At the time, she was a waitress in a bar.
She has just left her job and sees two young people springing from an alley.
It is 2:35 in the morning.
“I see a third man coming out of the alley, it's Arthur Noyer.
He staggers a little, he's a little lost.
He said to me:
They took my phone from me.
I didn't even try to resist.
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Véronique B. says that she decides to call the police, which she does with the corporal's second phone. While they are waiting, him sitting on a block, she sees one of the thieves putting down the object of his theft and running away. With Arthur Noyer, they discuss. “He was having a little trouble speaking, it wasn't crystal clear. "" Barmaid for twelve years ", she is categorical: he was very alcoholic -" We pushed him, he fell ". She also asserts that he would never have been able to recognize his attackers "passed like lightning. When they leave - in the meantime the police have passed and Arthur Noyer did not want to file a complaint - the video images indicate that it is 2:47 am. "Where did he want to go? At the barracks? »Asks the family lawyer. “Yes,” she confirms, “he told me he was coming back to 13
(Editor's note: at the 13th BCA)
She forgot to have brought it back, but Me Boulloud reminds her: before they leave, on this bit of asphalt, saying
, Arthur Noyer gave her a hand kiss.
" Ah yes !
she exclaims, laughing at the memory, it was really adorable, too funny!
According to the timestamp of the videos dissected by the gendarmes, it is 2:49 a.m. when Arthur Noyer passes near the nightclub where he left his friend Vincent - he returns there to get his jacket.
At 2:58 am, his trail is lost on rue de la République.
In the image, says the indictment, "lighthouse gleams appear to be perceptible."