A tragedy was narrowly avoided Sunday in the parlor of the prison of Val-de-Reuil (Eure). One detainee injured, fortunately not seriously, his girlfriend with a razor blade while she was visiting him. Aged 28, he was indicted Tuesday for "attempted murder by spouse", we said Wednesday with the prosecutor's office of Evreux.
"The facts occurred last Sunday during a parlor organized between this detainee, imprisoned in Val-de-Reuil since August 2022, and his companion," said the prosecutor of the Republic of Evreux Rémi Coutin, confirming information from Paris-Normandy.
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During this visit, this man "dragged his companion into the toilet, closed the door and struck several blows with a razor blade in the arms and especially in the neck," said Rémi Coutin. "Fortunately the carotid artery was not affected but it did not go far," he continued.
The 29-year-old victim was treated immediately and hospitalized. His vital prognosis "has not been engaged but a medical certificate indicates an ITT of 10 days," added the prosecutor, who announced the opening of a judicial investigation for "attempted murder by spouse, death threats by spouse and malicious phone calls".
Threatening text messages sent before the attack
According to Rémi Coutin, who said he wondered about the "psychiatric state" of the detainee, he "explained that he thought that his girlfriend was cheating on him with other inmates, which seems a priori unlikely." "It has been established that for several weeks he had been sending, via a phone he held irregularly, threatening text messages to his girlfriend without the latter having filed a complaint," he said.
Born in Abbeville, the detainee and the victim had known each other since childhood and had been in contact for six years, according to the statements of the young woman reported by the prosecutor. The man has been "incarcerated since almost the age of 13," according to the magistrate. His criminal record bears 21 mentions, including a ten-year prison sentence pronounced by the Assize Court of the Somme for aggravated violence. He was indicted Tuesday and placed in pre-trial detention in another prison and faces life in prison, according to Rémi Coutin.
In a leaflet, the prison CGT of Val-de-Reuil praised the action of the staff "who perfectly managed the incident and the entire detention with a reduced staff", asking in particular "a rise in rank for the two guards" who intervened.