The following summary of the recent disposition of a legal case was sent by a French reader:
This might be of interest — it is so mad…
A week ago, I started seeing a lot of pictures of thongs on my Facebook wall amongst my French-speaking friends — to protest against the recent Cork trial where the man was acquitted of rape. The French national media had reported on it, with headlines like “Ireland: rapist acquitted because his victim wore a thong” (just type “un violeur a été acquitté parce que sa victime portait un string“ on Google news if you want examples).
Very few of my contacts knew anything else about the case, or the fact that it was actually a unanimous jury verdict. Who cares? It was just another proof that this (assumedly) very catholic country was still backwards and oppressive to women.
Now today, a local newspaper from the Manche department reported on a recent trial held in Coutances.
The case? A young Bangladeshi male, a “refugee”, is accused of molesting two teenagers, raping one of them. In both cases, the man was heard by the police, but they say the girls were actually consenting. The first victim attempted suicide. It took a couple of months for the police to realise that the man was accused in two cases, and to reinvestigate.
The police chief told the tribunal that during the interrogation of the accused man, he had to make a cop sit between the latter and the woman translator because “he was trying to grope her thighs”. He says that “he considers French women as whores and has a predatory behaviour.” Cops also admitted that they messed up during the first inquiries.
Experts who have profiled the man all agree that he is a narcissist, egocentric, and that in the male culture of his native country, “Women are little short of sexual objects.”
He could have gotten up to fifteen years in jail; the mandatory sentence was six years.
Yesterday the verdict was handed down by the judge: acquittal regarding the rape; two years suspended for sexual aggression. The defendant left the tribunal free — free to roam again in Normandy.
The defendant’s lawyer’s defence was that “the man didn’t possess the cultural codes,” and that the victim probably mistook his gaze as a threat, so felt under coercion; and the magistrate apparently agreed, saying that the accused simply wasn’t aware that he was forcing the intercourse.
At this time, the French mainstream media are mute on this case. Only a few supposedly right-wing media mentioned it. But of course it’s not happening in backwards Catholic Ireland…
|1.||La Manche Libre 1|
|2.||La Manche Libre 2|
|3.||La Manche Libre 3|
|4.|| Google News