By Writing Caen
Thursday, November 10, 2022, Baptiste * (27 years old) was tried before the criminal court of Caen (Calvados) to respond to four offenses committed on Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Tourville-sur-Odon “violence”, “repeated death threats”, “rebellion” and “harassment of a person who was married”. A few days later, he was placed under judicial supervision. Another procedure is scheduled for December to domestic violencecommitted before these facts.
He jostles, insults and threatens to kill his ex-mother-in-law
Audrey* can no longer bear her companion Baptiste’s alcoholism, his tantrums and his suicidal behavior. In March 2022, she left him to take refuge with her mother with their 5-year-old daughter. Separation that Baptiste does not accept. He puts himself at the harass with text messages threatening, bursting into the places she frequents… One day, in anger, he breaks his windshield wipers.
That Thursday, he presents himself in intoxicated in front of the primary school where her little girl goes to school. He finds Audrey and her mother there. It is to this one that he attacks, jostling her, trying to give her a headbutt, threatening her. “I swear I’m going to kill you, buffoon, damn…!” Then I’m going to piss on your grave! “. Completely unleashed, he warns against the three policemen who intervene. They must control him before handcuffing him. It has 1.82g of alcohol per liter of blood.
A doctor will declare his condition incompatible with police custody, the man trying to strangle himself, banging his head against the walls. He will be interned in psychiatry and will stay there for 15 days. In March 2022, the gendarmes had already intervened because he threatened to jump into the void.
Recurrent suicidal behavior under massive alcoholism
Audrey bears witness to his recurrent suicidal behavior, his massive and regular periods of alcoholism where he knocks on doors, walls, objects. From his verbal and psychological violence, from his blackmail to suicide, all this in the presence of their little girl.
At the hearing, the defendant explained his attitude towards the primary school by the fact that he had not seen his child since the separation.
I didn’t want to harm anyone, I wasn’t myself that day.
Under anti-depressants, he presents for psychiatrists a persistent psychological fragility.
The court sentences him to a 6-month suspended prison sentence with the obligation of addiction treatment and psychiatry, a ban on contact with the victims and on appearing at their homes. He will also have to pay 500 euros to his mother-in-law and 800 euros to his ex-companion for their moral damage. The legal costs amount to 1,000 euros.
*Assumed first names.
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