Victims of dentist accused of tooth mutilation find ‘family’ in court

They are there, at the back of the huge hall built for this extraordinary hearing, to greet you, the 327 civil parties, always surrounded by volunteers from the Association for Assistance to Victims of Crime (Avad). For six weeks, dozens of victims have been assiduously attending the Guedj trial, named after this Marseille dentist from the northern districts who is accused of massively mutilating his patients for commercial gain.

Many are these victims who, sitting on this bench of civil parties, are still suffering the serious consequences of their passage with Doctors Guedj. In addition, the process has become a human experience for these battered men and women in the hours they spent listening, waiting, sometimes touched or outraged. “For a month and a half I’ve been able to talk about things I haven’t even talked to my own family about,” breathes Frédérique. I really thought I was the only one going through this. “But we realize we weren’t the only ones who underwent these treatments. “And little by little we’re becoming a family,” says Zohra. “Some of us come to this process to support one another in our misfortunes,” says Louisa.

“I have a lot less stress in my head”

A way especially for these victims to become aware of what they have suffered. “I didn’t know before that teeth are so important,” says Michel. Something vital. I learned that through the process. “I don’t want to lose a crumb of this process,” Zohra continues. I really want to see everything because I’m looking for a little sympathy from Lionel Guedj. I felt very guilty for sending my husband. I also cried all my tears when the young girl came to testify the other day and explained that he had touched her when she was only 13 years old. »

“The victims have found an opportunity to come and testify to teach lessons in resilience and dignity. »

For fifteen days, 100 people followed each other in the Marseille Criminal Court bar to tell what prosecutor Michel Sastre will describe as a “nightmare” during his indictment. “The victims have found an opportunity to come and testify to teach lessons in resilience and dignity. “A necessary passage that is felt to be real torment for some. “I had nightmares about it,” says Abdelhamid. I didn’t sleep anymore. And after I testified, I felt relieved. Since then I’ve had a lot less stress in my head. »

There now remains a single obsession for these victims, the same leitmotif that returns after only a few minutes of conversation. “I hope he still does some jail,” breathes Noël. “But hey, we found out that it was the same judge who judged Guérini,” laughs Michel. Knowing this, I said to myself, this will do! “Céline Ballérini led, among other things, the trial of the former senator from Bouches-du-Rhône. “She is great, this President,” says Frédérique happily. She is really human and thoughtful. This Monday, the public prosecutor’s office requested ten years in prison against Lionel Guedj, the maximum sentence, and four years in prison against his father, also his partner. The verdict will be announced on September 8th.

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