convinced of having won the lottery, he attacks an influencer in his quest for the winning ticket

convinced of having won the lottery, he attacks an influencer in his quest for the winning ticket
convinced of having won the lottery, he attacks an influencer in his quest for the winning ticket

Before the Bayonne court, this Tuesday, May 14, the defendant uses the conditional. “A lottery ticket was purchased on February 24, 2020. It was allegedly stolen from me the same evening. » He was more affirmative in the numerous messages addressed to an influencer, for more than a year.

He made her the thief of this piece of paper worth 3 million euros. According to…

Before the Bayonne court, this Tuesday, May 14, the defendant uses the conditional. “A lottery ticket was purchased on February 24, 2020. It was allegedly stolen from me the same evening. » He was more affirmative in the numerous messages addressed to an influencer, for more than a year.

He made her the thief of this piece of paper worth 3 million euros. According to him, after having drugged him, the young woman would have vanished with the sesame. By taking the time to taunt him. Except that she has never set foot in the Basque Country. This fad turned into an obsession. “The insults on social networks become public calls to find her and threats to rape her together,” says the president of the hearing. The far-fetched accusation finds its audience on the Internet. A hateful pack sets out on the hunt.

Neither delirium nor psychosis

The victim lives in fear. “Her job as a singer involves advertising on the networks, constantly saying where she is going, what she is doing,” explains her lawyer, M.e Nathalie Pignoux. The young woman is followed by more than 100,000 people, interested in her autonomous house project, built in the heart of a forest in the south-east of France. “They almost managed to locate her. In August 2023, two arson attacks were set about a hundred meters from her home. »

Why she ? “In relation to his tattoos,” explains the defendant simply. “I was drinking heavily at the time. It was excessive. » According to La Française des jeux, 3 million euros were indeed won in February 2020. Not by him. “The police tell me it’s not her. It’s the police. I believe her. » Is he convinced of this? The forty-year-old turns to his lawyer before responding. “I drew a line under it. » In mid-April, he filmed himself again in front of the Bayonne police station, explaining that he was going to file a complaint for the theft of the ticket.

Maybe I have a bipolar side. But I’m not really into pharmaceuticals

“He has extremely precise memories,” explains his lawyer. We can say that he invents them, that it’s a parallel reality, but they are there. » Me Philippe Saladin regrets the lightness of the psychiatric expertise. The doctor identifies an anger disorder. No delirium or psychosis. “I may have a bipolar side,” concedes the defendant. But I’m not really into pharmaceuticals. »

At 42, the man has a damaged life. Long years on the street, leaving him with thick salt-and-pepper dreadlocks and around thirty mentions on his criminal record. It has been slowly going back on track since 2018. Social housing and now, integration employment. “I don’t drink anymore, except for a beer after boxing. » In the real world, no one would have believed his story. On the Internet, it’s something else. “He is sincere in his approach. He reveals his name, his photo, his address, his telephone number on the networks,” explains Me Saladin.

Since then, the forty-year-old has released an apology video, sent to the victim. He wishes him “3 million good things”. The court sentenced him to ten months in prison and seventy hours of community service.

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