The Lower Atlantic Criminal Court sentenced former teacher Gabriel Lawson to 15 years in prison for rape and abuse of vulnerability, a sentence similar to a previous conviction for similar incidents issued in 2017.
The ruling of the founder of the “Nature University and the Environment of Relationship” “would be completely confused with an earlier conviction for the same facts issued in 2017 by the Assize Court of Appeals in Ile-et-Villains, Court.
Defense lawyers hailed the “right decision.” “It’s like an acquittal in terms of punishment,” said AFP Mi Sven Rawlin.
According to his advice, Mr Lawson, who was in custody in 2011, should be released “at the latest at the end of 2023”.
On the Civic side, “The point was to admit Gabriel Lawson’s guilt and that’s it,” Brett Lemore rejoiced.
Four adherents of the “University of Nature and Ecology of Relationship,” three women and a man, accused its founder of sexual assault and rape, provoking blows and humiliation.
The 82-year-old former teacher, with white hair combed back and a small beard, denounced during the trial the “culture of lies”, explaining in a hoarse voice that he only had consensual sex.
During his requests, the attorney general referred to the “desire for domination” of a “not crazy” man, for whom sex is an “obsession behind which his whole system hides.”
When asked during the hearing about oral sex allegedly imposed on one of the victims, Gabriel Lawson shrugged his shoulders. He said, “I didn’t get off, it was to teach him how to do it. I didn’t enjoy it.”
– ‘Sex bondage’ –
Former comrade Gabriel Lawson, who was tried for complicity and acquitted during the first trial, this time on the civil court panel.
Julie Bachet, 48, explained that she had been “brainwashed” and that she had been a “sex slave” to Gabriel Lawson for five years.
His attorney, Mi Celia Chavray, explained that “the conviction of Gabriel Lawson is the end of an ordeal.” “It’s an admission of his victim status.”
A la barre, bras croisés dans le dos, elle avait raconté les mains de Gabriel Loison passées sous sa robe et sur sa poitrine dès son “initiation”, puis l'”emprise” d’un homme qui lui fait dialogue acoup the society”.
With a trembling voice, she described the extremely violent sodomy that would have “rip her apart.”
The sayings of “The Sign of Judas”, the accused roamed during his interrogation.
– “feather” –
The former teacher of the Gardens of Life, which was listed as a denomination by the Parliamentary Committee of Denominations in 1995, Gabriel Lawson subsequently founded the University of Relationship Nature and Ecology, which as a research group trained the “Masters of Health” through various courses.
For his future followers, Gabriel Lawson gave a first audition session in Morocco. The “initiative” continued with a three-week stay in Costa Rica or Spain with a payment of €10,000. Then came a 72-day course on penance and group sex.
Gabriel Lawson was also convicted of complicity in the gang rape of one of the complainants, who he said had suffered during the residency of “punitive sodomy” perpetrated by his followers with sex toys, but orchestrated by Gabriel Lawson.
“It was a whole process of seeing myself as a victim,” said the young man, looking down. “In those years, I probably had sex with people who felt coerced.”
By joining The League at the age of 20, he explained that he felt “proud” to be part of the “little elite” which gave him the impression that he was “on the good side, like in The Lord of the Rings”.
The young man took out “five or six loans” in five years to finance lessons and accommodation. “Lawson pulled people out, it was an abyss.”