" Finally ! "Accompanied by his son and his support committee, Jacky Kulik does not hide his emotion by entering this Monday in the courthouse of Douai (North), which will judge for three weeks on appeal Willy Bardon for the rape and murder of his daughter, Élodie in 2002. "He has been unhappy for seven years, but it will be twenty years for me," recalls this battered father. Throat tied, a large portrait of Elodie by his side, Jacky Kulik said he hoped that the accused "will have the same sentence, or even more". On December 6, 2019, Willy Bardon was sentenced to thirty years of criminal imprisonment by the Somme Assize Court, for this crime that he has always denied. When the verdict was pronounced, he had attempted to commit suicide in his cubicle by swallowing a pesticide.
In camel cargo pants and gray shirt, the emaciated face, Willy Bardon, 46, unsurprisingly confirmed that he would again plead not guilty, when the court had just rejected a request for referral from his lawyers, in the impossibility of being present together for all the debates.
She also refused to allow the accused to appear free, the latter having been reincarcerated a month ago for violating his judicial review.
Contested voice expertise
"I would like us to stop saying that there are no elements", also insurged Jacky Kulik, in front of the press a few minutes earlier: allusion to the lack of material evidence and to a disputed vocal expertise , which will again be at the heart of the debates.
The voice of Willy Bardon was recognized by six people, in the background, on the call to the firefighters that Elodie had time to pass before dying.
As a preamble, the court first looked this Monday on the personality of the accused, a former plumber passionate about mechanics and 4 x 4 who described himself as helpful, "not selfish", conceding however "a big mouth" and some excess of drink.
“He has always been a good and kind person, a generous man, a good father,” confirmed at the helm the one who shared his life for 23 years, and from whom he had a son.
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No violence in their relationship either, but a tendency to abandon her to run cafes, she simply regretted, without ever overwhelming her.
However, she would have matter: she discovered in 2013, thanks to the investigation, that he had been cheating on her for seven years.
"It was the love of my life, it destroyed me," she confirms facing a Willy Bardon, very moved.
She then broke off outright.
“Deception is something I cannot forgive.
I found out on Friday, the following Wednesday I took a parlor and told him it was over, that I didn't want to see him anymore.
"This is not the person I knew"
The lawyer general, who speaks more of a "double life", also evokes the frequentation of prostitutes, the flirtatious character of the accused, his unpaid rent when he had taken over the management of a bar ... "Don't have you don't feel like a complete mismatch between the Willy Bardon you knew and the character you discovered on file?
»Inquires the magistrate, instilling the notion of lie in this portrait a little too smooth.
“This is not the person I knew,” confirms the ex-companion.
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The representative of the prosecution digs the furrow, this time at the professional level, pointing a hole of four years in the CV of Willy Bardon.
"How do you finance your expenses in the 4 x 4?"
The accused explains having worked in several garages "paid for from hand to hand", repairing broken down cars to then resell them.
" That is to say ?
"" Well, they paid me like that, black, what.
"" Yes, it's called undeclared work!
»Moved the lawyer general.
The maneuver is a little rude in the eyes of Me Gabriel Duménil, one of Bardon's lawyers, who jumps up in anger.
"It does to you whatever we talk about double life
and moonlighting to draw a parallel with the facts of which you are accused? »Turns the lawyer towards the cubicle. "Well, for me that has nothing to do ...", answers the accused with a shrug. "Does it matter to you what anyone suggests that because you cheated on your partner, you might be guilty?" »He pushes again. And Bardon, in a burst of spontaneity that tears off a few laughs in the room: "Well listen, it's because I must be the only person on earth to have a mistress ..."