The adult world did not appear at its best for Lilas (victim’s first name changed., Editor’s note), 14, in the very effervescent courtroom of the Draguignan Court.
For nearly 3 hours, the teenager listened without blinking an eye to the wanderings of some, the crap of others. A family torn over the malaise they had the courage to denounce.
A family was brought to justice today because they were beaten, for words of hate that had been stoked by grudges from the past.
“Temple of immaturity”
Before the judges are four defendants who must justify their actions. All victims and civilian parties at the same time. “This case is the temple of immaturity!” He will sigh, angrily, the presiding judge, Nicholas Ernst, in the crosshairs of confused explanations.
flash back. In January 2021, a young girl and her cousin seek refuge from the tensions poisoning her relationship with her stepfather. “During an argument, he threw a glass of water in my face, pulled at my hair and ears, and ended up burying my head in the pillow to shut up!”
Before the judges, Lilas keeps her statement. President thunders Dennis: “This is a humiliation, sir!”. This is the first time the stepfather uses violence, Lilas confesses, but the dialogue is interrupted for a long time. “He was violent with his mother but she forgives every time…”.
When Dennis takes the lead “Take it home”Lilas’ uncles, aunt and cousin are waiting for her at the foot of the building. Fights, threats, anti-gay insults, men and women on the ground, chasing the car with a screwdriver …
We think of those comics where the characters fight in a whirlwind of dust without really understanding where the capitalizations come from! The chief patiently listens quiveringly to the various versions. The prosecutor asks for self-defense. “They have not encountered the same truth!”sums up, disappointed, in the desperation of finding it for herself.
‘Adults are supposed to protect children’
At the center of the discussions: The character of Dennis, an eccentric in the forties, is declared psychologically fragile. He is able to fall on one knee in front of the referees to imitate the blows he received. Then he recited by heart the legendary poems of Rocky Balboa in front of an amazed audience at his presence on the show!
Adults are supposed to protect children but no one acts like an adult!‘, regrets the Public Ministry requiring 4 to 12 months of suspended prison sentences for the novel’s protagonists. “You don’t pull at my ears or a child’s hair!” , Me Buchon, Lilas’ lawyer, adds a claim of 1,500 euros.
For his part, I am Cheval Yahya Accurate Instructions The President condemns the strangulation suffered by one of Lilas’ uncles in the fighting.
Dennis’ attorney, Me Devret-Autric, is demanding the full release of the four counts, arguing that his client ‘I was just a victim of a punitive campaign’ And that Lilac would have exaggerated his violence.
In the end, the court followed the requests. There is no prison sentence but a deferment for everyone, including the largest amount, 10 months, for Dennis.
Purple, weak figure, unemotional face, she leaves the palace with her head held high. I heard his suffering.