More than three years have passed, but the wound is not closed. “Even today, it’s hard to talk about it,” Nelly (1) whispers by phone, two days after the trial, which threw this quadra woman and her husband Bedri (1) back in fear. On Wednesday, June 1, in Room 3 of the Nantes Court, she was unable to meet the eyes of the accused. Bernard (1), 52 years old, about disability after a career in construction, however, does not give anything uncanny. Small size, gray hair, dressed in a blue shirt tucked into jeans, he had to deal with justice once, in 2005, for alcoholic driving. However, we feel a sourness in his eyes as he walks on to the bar. Convicted of gun violence, Bernard will have no apology during the hearing regarding Bedri, who he towed 72 meters with his car. The epilogue about a banal neighborhood conflict, according to the established formula, marked by racism.
In May 2017, Bedri, Nelly and their children moved into a house adjacent to Bernard’s property, in a small town north of Nantes. New neighbors as the relationship quickly became strained. The president investigates Bernard about the origins of his anger. “It started with the chickens,” he rewinds. “There were about twenty of those unemployed who came to scrape the soil around the plantations, and I had to take the rake out every night. Then there were the sheep that also came into the field.” Fabrications according to Nelly and her husband. They were eager not to aggravate the situation, but rather played the Atonement and separated themselves from their dog, for example. A Kangal, accused by the neighbor of untimely exits.
Totally inadequate for Bernard, trapped in a “persecution experience” under the terms of the psychiatric expert he spoke to during the investigation. The same one that underscored Bedri’s “harmonious personality” and his “deep respect for the neighborhood.” The couple took the provocations without giving up, including when Bernard threw a “dirty bougnoule” at their 16-year-old son. The desired goal? Get hit to act as a victim in the story. It is that every time he asked for them, the municipal police or the gendarmes left Bernard’s house and showed that they needed proof of the suspected nuisances from his neighbors.
Bedri was towed by his neighbor with his car for more than 70 meters. The trial took place on Wednesday, June 1, at the court in Nantes. /
Credit: Anaele Pichot
The famous proof Bernard thought he had on March 19, 2019. That afternoon he followed Bedri, a contractor for public works, and drove a truck full of rubble. Twenty spinning terminals hoping to surprise a wild deposit to be able to immortalize the scene in the picture. On a small country road, Bedri stopped his truck, but for a pee break. Bernard picks him up from his Peugeot 308. Bedri then approaches the vehicle to ask him about the reasons for this harassment. With his phone in hand, he films Bernard’s first invectives. In the 39 seconds of this recording that the gendarmes used, we clearly hear “dirty Turk”.
A few seconds later, while Bedri is standing on the driver’s side in the corner of the open door, Bernard activates the reverse gear. The prisoner gets Bedri dragged onto the roadway. He quickly loses a shoe, shouts in vain to Bernard to stop, and then feels the hole closer. The door rolls and the front left wheel passes over his body at the level of the pelvis. Bedri is the victim of a double hip fracture and can no longer get up. He manages to call his wife who is tumbling pussy. Bernard does not help him, on the contrary. “He’s ruined my car, this shit,” he rages.
Arrested on the spot, he is placed in police custody for attempted murder before the investigating judge reclassifies the facts of violence with weapons. At the conclusion of his hearing, Bernard was released under judicial supervision of the ban still in force three years later on returning to live in his home where his wife and daughter remained. For Bernard, it is an accident associated with panic. “I got scared and that was the only solution I found to free myself. Get out of it, the president wonders.” He tried to grab me to get me out, his goal was to grab me and kick me. »
In his hearing for the gendarmes, Bernard also said that Bedri had slammed the door with his head. “Three times yes, then to think I had written it” Bernard confirms without hitting an eyelid. The contradictions in his story do not escape the black dresses. “Do you really believe that when you are about to attack someone, the first instinct is to take out your phone,” the public prosecutor intervenes. “We can not talk about an accident and at the same time talk about self-defense, it is either one or the other,” continues Maître Franck Boezec, lawyer for Nelly, “victim of the ricochet”, children and Bedri.
Here he comes on his turn at the bar, accompanied by an interpreter who translates as he walks. He states:
“We had taken out a 20-year loan for this house and we had never imagined having to sell after five years. I do not understand what I could have done wrong. For me, it is clear he would kill me. I asked him to stop, but he took off. ”
But Bernard does not shy away:
“I hurt him, but it was not done on purpose. »
What about racist slander?
“I may have said unpleasant things, but I do not remember. »
“It’s not uncomfortable to call someone a dirty Turk, it’s racist sir,” points out Me Boezec. Bernard pauses and lets go with a small laugh:
” Maybe… “
The contradictions in Bernard’s story do not escape the black robes. /
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Now with a prosthesis, Bedri was notified of 120 days of ITT. He was able to return to work six months after the events, but his condition is not yet consolidated, and his lawyer as such requested a dismissal of civil interests to accurately quantify the damage. But in addition to the physical pain, it was the “feeling of humiliation” that was the hardest to live withexplains Me Boezec, whose voice is torn with:
“It is not the fact that there are chickens and sheep that is a problem, but that it is Turkish chickens and Turkish sheep! The other, instead of welcoming him, we tell him it’s my home. And then we follow him to condemn him because he does not have to deposit Turkish rubble on a French road. »
Bernard stares with his hands on his bench in the ground and gets ready to take the second wave, the parquet floor. “It’s a case that sends shivers down your spine, I’ve rarely seen a case with so much racial hatred,” the prosecutor begins. Although the qualification of insult due to ethnic origin was not retained in the prevention, it insists on “latent racism” as the driving force behind the transition to the law. He then rejects “the hatred towards the other, which the shock and the damage caused are not extinguished.” To the gendarmes, Bedri actually declared that Bernard had repeated his racist insults while moaning on the ground. “A deficit of empathy and humanity” claims proc. Two years imprisonment plus one year probation is required.
To the gendarmes, Bedri actually declared that Bernard had repeated his racist insults while moaning on the ground. “A deficit of empathy and humanity”, according to the prosecutor. /
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The court finally sentenced Bernard to one year of house arrest under electronic surveillance plus two years of conditional imprisonment with a ban on contact with the victims and a duty of care. He has to pay 5,000 euros in advance to the family pending the hearing on setting the total amount of compensation, which will be held in March 2023. Before he hung up, Nelly had this thought:
“Since he could not destroy us mentally, he tried physically.”
The court sentenced Bernard to one year of house arrest under electronic surveillance plus two years of conditional imprisonment with a ban on contact with the victims and duty of care. /
Credit: Anaele Pichot
(1) The first names have changed.