Bernard Maigrot guilty of Vanessa Lagesse’s murder after 23 years

Bernard Maigrot guilty of Vanessa Lagesse’s murder after 23 years
Bernard Maigrot guilty of Vanessa Lagesse’s murder after 23 years

Bernard Maigrot was found guilty of the murder of his lover Vanessa Lagesse during a trial at the Mauritius Assize Court on June 27. The young woman had been found dead in her bathtub in Grand’Baie on March 10, 2001.

After an interminable wait of 23 years, the verdict was delivered. It took 6 hours of deliberation and a vote of 7 to 2, for the jurors to vote in favor of guilt. At around 9:30 p.m. on June 27, Bernard Maigrot was found guilty of the murder of Vanessa Lagesse. The trial took place at the Assizes of Mauritius, presided over by Judge Luchmyparsad Aujayeb. Bernard Maigrot, calm but defeated, was handcuffed and taken to Beau-Bassin prison. The businessman had been arrested on April 23, 2001.

DNA of the accused found on two bloody sheets

Vanessa Lagesse was found dead in the bathtub of her bungalow in Grand Baie on March 10, 2001. A young 32-year-old stylist and wealthy heiress of a family that had made its fortune in the sugar industry, she had a secret relationship with Bernard Maigrot. The married man claimed to have gone to Vanessa Lagesse’s house three days before the murder and to have had sexual relations with her. Technical difficulties in DNA analysis in 2001 had delayed the trial. The expert opinion of Professor Doutremepuich, who had found the accused’s DNA on two bloody sheets, was deemed credible by the jury.
Defence lawyer Gavin Glover SC expressed surprise at the verdict and said the battle to prove Maigrot’s innocence continued. Now aged 62, he faces up to 45 years in prison.

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