Both repeat: they did not know he was going to take action.
They had not imagined that on March 3, 2019, Bruno Garcia-Cruciani would take his gun to go to L'Ile-Rousse to assassinate Julie Douib, his ex-companion.
They are his closest, but yet struggle, at the helm of the Assize Court of Haute-Corse, to describe or even defend Bruno, their "nephew at heart" and brother, this 44-year-old man, who risks life imprisonment. .
From an early age, the accused is confronted with violence, that of his father on his mother. This bus driver, whose family lives in precariousness, sometimes hits his wife with objects. Josiane, the "aunt of the heart" of the accused sums up at the stand: "He had problems with his father who was a little nervous, we will say". The man attacks his relatives, "as soon as a glass is not placed where it should be on the table". So much so that the children call their friends to help: “The father wanted to kill the children, his wife, he wanted to kill the world… Bruno told us
Come! Come !
And we were going to pick up the children. "At the bar, the sixty-year-old shrugs her shoulders:" You know, when your father chases you around the house with the gun ... "
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At 10 years old, after yet another episode of violence, the young Bruno Garcia-Cruciani refuses to go back to the village.
"He was terrified," said Josiane, who then welcomed him for six months.
“He was traumatized”, adds the “aunt of the heart”.
Was the accused marked by the cruelty of his father to the point of reproducing, several years later, the psychological and physical abuse on his partner Julie Douib?
Nadine Garcia, 46, the sister, is not very sure: “I was not traumatized more than that.
"" It is possible to reproduce, if you had big problems in your childhood.
Me, I started a family, I am filled in my life by my children ”, estimates the eldest, who was staying with the accused the day he shot Julie Douib, and was, at one time, suspected of complicity in assassination.
According to Josiane, from the age of 13 or 14, the divorce of his parents and the departure of his father for the continent, the accused combines training and odd jobs to help his mother make ends meet. “He used to go to school to learn how to cook and in the evening he would serve in bars”, recalls the “aunt of the heart” who describes a “straight”, “correct”, “irreproachable”, “kind” boy. As he grows up, Bruno Garcia-Cruciani becomes a “quiet”, an “extremely introverted” man. “He is someone who does not speak. He comes to your place, he can go two or three hours without speaking to watch TV, ”Josiane is not offended. The brother-in-law, Christophe will illustrate: “You can do 100 km by car, if you don't speak, he doesn't speak. "
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In 1997, the one the civil parties describe as "authoritarian" and "macho" moved in with Saveria, a young student.
If this ex did not wish to testify before the Assize Court "for fear of reprisals", her hearing with the gendarmes at the time of Julie Douib's death suggests the ordeal that the latter experienced.
“I was very in love but I was in great pain (…) He was very cold and very seductive”, testifies Saveria, on whom the accused imposed the dress code for several years.
“I was his foil.
The relationship is psychologically violent but not physically.
When they broke up in 2005, she nevertheless lodged two complaints: one because he would have violently pulled her by the hair in a cafe, the other because she suspected him of having set her car on fire.
Closed without follow-up.
“No one gave credit for what I could endure,” she regrets.
The problem with Bruno is that everyone underestimates him, either we take him for a poor guy or we take him for a madman.
"She adds in her testimony:" Bruno as long as people go in his direction, he is fine!
2005 is also the year in which the character of Bruno Garcia-Cruciani, already known to be "hard", is revealed a little more, say some witnesses: the Corsican is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and becomes partially disabled. right arm. A year later, it is the meeting with Julie, who then sees in the accused her "prince charming". The "maniac" of the household, described by some experts as "psychorigid", "suspicious", "jealous", "who feels persecuted", begins to harass the young woman on a daily basis, despite the arrival of children in 2008 and 2011 .
The young woman no longer dares to move a nail or leave the house without making sure that everything was impeccable before the return of her companion. “For me, Bruno stole his identity, cries in front of the court Violette Douib, the mother of the victim. He wanted to make it his thing, an object that belonged to him. "