The police were confronted with a very comical, and probably unprecedented, situation. An inmate under electronic surveillance, serving his sentence at his uncle's house, called the Toulouse court's sentencing department at the end of October to warn them that he was going to cut off his bracelet, our colleagues at La Dépêche revealed. He told them that he did not want to run away but to be incarcerated in prison, as he could no longer stand living with his uncle.
Obviously surprised, the police intervened at the home where the detainee was staying. And the man, who had kept his word, was there, ready to be arrested by the police. "He had cut off his bracelet but was not trying to flee," confirms his lawyer Younes Derkaoui. "He didn't want to live here anymore."
So the man was convicted... to prison
What could have led this prisoner to prefer detention in prison to serving a sentence with a family member? "A dispute about bed bugs," explains Younes Derkaoui. "My client's uncle accused him of having brought bed bugs back to his apartment through a visit from one of his friends," he said, recalling that the detainee has a fragile personality and is very impulsive. A violent argument ensued, to the point of no return.
Regardless of the reason given by the detainee, it is an offence to cut off his electronic bracelet. He was arrested and taken into custody after the police visited his uncle's house, before being remanded in custody. At the end of November, the 33-year-old man was tried before the criminal court of Toulouse. He was sentenced to three months' imprisonment, with continued detention to ensure the execution of the sentence.