“If he drinks, it’s a nightmare”: the young father is trying for domestic violence in Saint-Malo

“He is a gentle and calm man. But once he drinks, it’s a nightmare. It’s developing into a tidal wave of violence,” the victim’s lawyer told the Saint-Malo court. ©Illustration Adobe Stock

“He is a gentle and calm man. But once he drinks, it’s a nightmare. It develops into a tidal wave of violence. The lawyer speaks in place of his client, who is seated behind him. The young woman didn’t want to speak in front of him Court of Saint Malothis Thursday, April 7, 2022. She is leaving the judiciary her life as a woman, terrorized by her 28-year-old companion.

“When he’s drunk, he’s mean. And since he drinks every day, it becomes difficult to live. He drinks during the day, on construction sites, with his colleagues. Sometimes I wonder how he manages to get home at night…” she said to the gendarmes.

“If he arrives, I’ll have a ball in my stomach”

“When he comes home from work, I have a knot in my stomach. I’m sick of the idea of ​​still finding him drunk. He always goes to the supermarket in Dol to buy beer. Then it becomes unmanageable. He can’t get up, pees everywhere…”

He often insults her, she says again.

“He belittles me, manipulates me, separates me from my friends and forbids me to see my family. I have to take care of our kid and that’s it. »

The couple have a girl together who is now 7 years old. She was present tonight from January 15 to 16, 2022 when the situation got out of control.

Punch in the nose, hair pulled

As usual, the accused drank beer that evening, as well as sparkling wine and vodka. The family dinner at his mother’s with his sisters and brother-in-law turned into a disaster. When the gendarmes are called and arrive in Saint-Georges-de-Gréhaigne at 3 a.m. in the middle of the night, the violent companion has two kitchen knives in his hands. He wants to “kill everyone”.

His wife is no longer there. She was previously taken to the hospital. “They hit her and then hit her on the nose while you pulled her hair,” prosecutors said.

” Now it’s over “

It is this domestic violence that explains his presence before the Criminal Court of Saint-Malo today, Thursday April 7th. “I apologize for everything I’ve done. It’s not right,” he said matter-of-factly, with a semblance of sincerity.

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“I realized I had to change. During the delivery I started drinking a lot. Now it’s over. I haven’t had a drink since I left police custody two and a half months ago. The first fifteen days were difficult, but I’ve been fine ever since. IM clean. »

The accused no longer saw much of his family, who did not forgive him that night on January 16. He also no longer lives at home. The couple is separated. The judiciary also forbids him to approach his daughter. “I would love to see her again, I miss her very much. »

“He’s a good father”

His partner’s lawyer is asking the court to lift the ban on seeing his daughter.

“My client thinks he’s a good father to his daughter. She filed a love civil suit to get him to understand that he had to stop drinking. »

The man, who was never brought to justice, was sentenced to 8 months in prison with probation and an obligation to treat his alcoholism for two years.

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