25 years in prison for having “put to death” his partner with 18 stab wounds

25 years in prison for having “put to death” his partner with 18 stab wounds
25 years in prison for having “put to death” his partner with 18 stab wounds

The Doubs Assize Court found Jamal Hara guilty of both murder of a spouse and habitual violence against a spouse. “Beyond a domestic crime, it was a real death sentence”: prosecutor Christine De Curraize, whose arguments were followed by the jurors, castigated the attitude of this “violent” man who liked to control .

For the defense, Catherine Bresson contested the “regular violence”, highlighting the “toxic functioning” of the couple. “They were both jealous. He did not take responsibility […] and he put up with a lot of things, like her going elsewhere and often telling him to leave,” she pleaded.

On January 17, 2022 around 7 p.m., Céline Jardon, 21, was discovered by a friend, lying in the living room of her apartment in the center of Besançon. His companion was found immediately by the police, wandering haggard in the street.

In police custody, he mentions “an argument”, a “fight”, before walling off in silence. During the three days of trial, the man with the imposing build of almost 2 meters and 120 kg explained neither the course nor the motive of the crime, claiming to no longer remember the facts.

Opportunity amnesia

A convenient amnesia, according to the lawyer for the civil parties, Randall Schwerdorffer, “which allows him not to say what happened, and in particular the cause of the argument”. “That evening, Céline had to go out with a friend and she was more in the state of mind to separate from him,” adds the council, emphasizing the “possessiveness” of the accused.

According to the autopsy, the young woman, 1.55 meters tall and weighing around forty kilos, was the victim of 18 stab wounds, including 16 in vital areas. Several were placed on her neck and back while she was lying on her stomach. Traces of blows to the face, as well as defense injuries were also noted.

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