Murder against a backdrop of “hatred” at the assizes

Murder against a backdrop of “hatred” at the assizes
Murder against a backdrop of “hatred” at the assizes

Tahiti, May 28, 2024 – The trial of a fisherman prosecuted for causing the death of a fifty-year-old on May 17, 2022 in Tiarei opened Monday before the Assize Court. On this first day of the hearing, the accused, who had literally lashed out at the victim, explained that he had “disconnected” on the day of the incident.

“When we see this video, we see the hatred that rises in the words of the accused, in his insults and his way of acting. He attacked the victim, especially since she offered no resistance. She looked like a puppet taking blows one after the other.” On the first day of the trial of a 34-year-old fisherman prosecuted for having killed a man, on May 17, 2022 in Tiarei, the gendarme who was in charge of the investigation returned to the video of the scene filmed by a witness who was at the scene.

That day, the accused and the victim – a 54-year-old man doing odd jobs in the construction sector – began drinking rum and komo at 8 a.m. on a bridge located in Tiarei. During the afternoon, the 50-year-old made obscene remarks against a 20-year-old young woman, a distant cousin of the accused. Drunk and mad with rage, the latter had dealt numerous blows to the victim, telling her that she “did not deserve to live”. He notably gave him a roundhouse kick in the chest.

Despite the intervention of local residents, the worker died on site despite resuscitation attempts carried out for more than an hour by the firefighters and then by the Samu. The autopsy carried out a few days later established that the individual had died as a result of “perforation of the heart caused by chest trauma”.

MMA enthusiast

Confronted with the extreme violence of his action, the accused – father of two daughters – explained at the Assize Court on Monday that he had completely “disconnected” and that he did not know why he had gotten into such a rage. The man, however, repeated that he had been irritated by the comments, according to him obscene, made by the fifty-year-old, a man described as non-violent who sometimes drank more than necessary. With a rosary around his neck, the young man then explained that he had not wanted the death of his drinking companion but just “to hurt” him.

As is customary at the start of an assize trial, the court also addressed the personality of the accused, a young man who was an MMA enthusiast who also did not have the reputation of ‘be a fighter. His ex-partner and mother of their two children, who had lived with him for 12 years before leaving him because he had abandoned her, for her part assured that he had never been violent with her.

Perpetuity incurred

Present on the scene during the tragedy, a young woman came to close the testimony of this first day of trial by explaining that she had never seen such violence. “It was obvious that he wanted to kill him, it was certain that he was going to die. He wanted to go all the way.” Visibly distressed at having to imagine the scene again, she then assured that the victim, nicknamed “Papi”, was not a bad man.

At the end of this trial, which is due to end on Wednesday, the accused faces life imprisonment if he is found guilty of the murder of which he is accused.

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