at the bar, the words of the children by Catherine Burgod

The street where Catherine Burgod was stabbed multiple times in December 2008 in Montreal-la-Cluse, Ain December 9, 2014.

An astonishingly blue lake, endless fir trees, the severe mountain range of a circus and right in the middle Montréal-la-Cluse, 3,800 inhabitants, in Haut-Bugey. “We are not a territory where we easily say we love each other,” says Cédric Arduini, 32, before the Ain Assize Court in Bourg-en-Bresse. How long had it been since he had held his sister Justine in his arms? They did it the day before, as they were both preparing for that day they had anticipated and dreaded for thirteen years: testifying in court. The trial for the murder of her mother Catherine Burgod, who was killed on December 19, 2008 with 28 stab wounds at the Montreal-La Cluse post office where she worked, will continue until April 4.

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On the third day of the hearing, his family will be heard. “My mother was gentle, present, then suddenly I didn’t see her anymore. They didn’t talk to me about it. I understood late what happened by reading things on the internet”, explains Justine, 21 years old. She was 8 at the time. It seems like it’s the first time she’s talked about herself, that she’s talking about it. “I have very few memories of my childhood, we put them all aside so as not to hurt too much. »
In the defendant’s box, Mamadou Diallo keeps this impassive face, unchanged since the beginning of the trial. He is the same age as Cédric Arduini, they went to the same college in the center of the city. At the hearing, their gazes escape each other. “I would have liked to have avoided that. I want to forget resumes Arduino at the top. But we are a small village, behind closed doors. Everyone knows everyone. »

His grandfather was general secretary at the parish, his mother ran the post office, “A great lady who takes care of others was much more than just an agency”. They gave him the civil service job, his high school teachers would have made him mayor of the village. This is where Cédric Arduini wanted to live after studying spatial planning. “But over there, I am the victim’s son, isn’t it glorious. I don’t want this status. » He wants to protect himself, not complain. ” Go forward. “ The words sound like a family motto. In Lyon, where he settled, many of his friends discovered his story in the press as the trial approached.

The father cannot testify

Mario Arduini, his father, was the first suspect in the murder. The couple was in the middle of a divorce at the time, he had just found out that his ex-wife was expecting a child from a new partner. “The gendarmes told me: ‘The very close ones are the first suspects. We’ll do our job.” » He answered them “Go ahead, do what it takes”. Innocently, Mario Arduino finds himself alone with the children. His own father died young, there were six of them at home, growing up the best they could. “I didn’t know this mothering thing, I didn’t know what it was like to raise children. Catherine took care of it. » He worked late, commercial manager at insurance companies, self-taught. The backlash quickly fell on him. “I felt the eyes on me. With the customers, they only talked to me about it. »

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