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A beautiful father sentenced to 30 years in prison for the death of a boy

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – DAMIEN MEYER – | A 31-year-old businessman was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment by the Assize Court of the Pyrénées-Orientales for the death of his companion’s boy

A 31-year-old businessman was sentenced in the night of Thursday to Friday to 30 years of criminal confinement by the assize court of the Pyrénées-Orientales for the death of his companion’s boy.

The mother of the child, aged 29, was sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment.

The jury has worsened the sentence demanded by General Counsel, Sylvaine Schumacher, who on Thursday afternoon claimed 25 years’ imprisonment against Erklan Pekgoz.

In her submissions, the representative of the public prosecution had given a portrait of a “psycho-criminal” accused who “takes a cunning pleasure in destroying and enslaving”. She had presented the mother as a young woman “fragile and immature” deprived “of maternal instinct”.

On June 25, 2012, this thirty-year-old Turkish woman, at the head of a masonry company, went to the emergency room of the Perpignan hospital with the unconscious boy.

The child who suffered from an occipital fracture and a subdural hematoma was quickly transferred to the Montpellier University Hospital where he died three days later.

Investigators, who were aware of a report of the child’s babysitter for traces of violence, placed the mother and the father-in-law in police custody on 3 July.

But at the end of the custody, Laure Filly-Darricau accused her companion, with whom she had moved a few months earlier, of having carried the blows resulting in the death of her two-year-old son.

According to her, her young companion could not bear the child refusing her authority and regularly asked to see her father.

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