Murder of Vanessa Lagesse: her sister and her cousin testify at the Assises

Murder of Vanessa Lagesse: her sister and her cousin testify at the Assises
Murder of Vanessa Lagesse: her sister and her cousin testify at the Assises

Four witnesses were heard in the Assize Court in the trial brought against Bernard Maigrot for the murder of Vanessa Lagesse, this Wednesday, May 29.

Among: the victim’s sister, Anne Rogers, and Martine Lagesse, cousin of Vanessa Lagesse. The Prosecution asked them when they had last seen the victim.

The two, however, could not answer certain questions, saying they had forgotten certain details because the case was more than 23 years old.

Maître Darshana Gayan, who represents the interests of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), explained that the Prosecution’s case is based mainly on “Circumstantial Evidence”.

Mr. Gavin Glover, Bernard Maigrot’s lawyer, maintained that his client is innocent while emphasizing the fact that there is no direct evidence that could incriminate him.

Anne Rogers, Vanessa Lagesse’s sister, explained that the family was aware of the relationship between Vanessa and Bernard Maigrot and that she (the family) did not approve of it. She described the relationship as “complicated” and had lasted since 1993.

A representative of the DPP office and the “Court Manager” of the Mapou District Court were also heard this Wednesday regarding the files in this case.

Bernard Maigrot has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Vanessa Lagesse. The stylist’s body was discovered in her bathtub on March 9, 2001. Injuries were also found on her body.

The trial against Bernard Maigrot started again this morning, because one of the nine members of the jury had to be replaced due to illness. The lawyers of both parties, namely the prosecution and the defense, once again proceeded with their Opening Speech before the jury.

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