Anger of family of Marie-José Povoa, killed by her companion, facing slowness and choices of justice

Sentenced to the assizes for murder in June, Sébastien Bonnet, who appealed, was released under judicial supervision. A situation that revolts the family of the victim.


The last message left by Marie-José Povoa, June 26, 2016, is still online on her Facebook profile: “Ladies, I just called the gendarmerie at 11 pm tonight, to file a complaint for domestic violence . My companion suffers from alcohol level (…). Tonight he violated me, I was hoping to find comfort in the national gendarmerie! But no, ladies, know that if you do not have visible brands of violence, We do not believe you !!! The gendarmes therefore left, leaving me alone with a violent and drunk man. “

The next day, June 27, after she called the gendarmes one last time – they will be laid down by her companion, who asked them to go back later on the grounds that she is “in the shower” -, the lifeless body of this 48 -year -old woman is found at their marital home, in Guignicourt (Aisne), by the Samu. Her partner, Sébastien Bonnet, whom she met a few months earlier, recognizes, during her police custody, that he strangled her. Confessions which are not recorded by the gendarmes due to a technical problem, and which it will retract later.

At the time of his arrest, his blood alcohol level displays a rate of 4 grams per liter of blood. It is placed in police custody, then indicted and placed in pre -trial detention on July 29, 2016. While a first medical expertise concluded that a slangling death, a second issues some doubts. Enough for Mr. Bonnet, who now maintains that he did not kill his partner, obtains his release and his placement under judicial supervision in October of the same year. 2> “Technicity of the file”

For Marie-José Povoa’s family then begins an endless expectation. First that of the investigation, due to the “technicality of the file”, justifies Brigitte Lamy, a general of the court of appeal of Amiens. “There were six successive medical expertise, around thirty witnesses were heard.” Three years pass before the indictment order was pronounced in June 2019. The case is liable to the Assize Court . But the date of judgment does not come.

In the judicial jurisdiction of the Aisne, which then only has two presidents of the Assize Court – a third has just been appointed in 2022 -, “the stock of suffering assizes is of public reputation “, Lands up Sandra Leroy, counselor at the Amiens Court of Appeal and regional delegate of the union union of magistrates. The crisis linked to the COVID-19, which occurs at the beginning of 2020, worsened the situation again: impossible to bring together nine people to form an assize jury.

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