The waitresses at La Fontaine had their heads together over the counter reading the newspaper and giggling. Arlette, the manageress tried to look stern but couldn’t suppress a smile.So what was the cause of this hilarity?
The headline translates as “Rapes: Man from Charleville acquitted because of his small willy.”
The story on the inside pages was not so funny. Two elderly ladies had been accosted in their own homes. They were hit and dragged into the bedroom where their attacker tried, unsuccessfully, to have sex with them and then forced them to have oral sex.
However, in the witness box, one lady judged that his penis was ‘not very long but quite fat’ while the other reckoned it was about 6 centimetres.
The defendant, who had spent 20 months in jail awaiting his trial, claimed that he was only endowed with a couple of centimetres and was unable to have an erection, therefore he could not have been the culprit.
Amazingly, he got away with it despite previous convictions for violence and sexual assault. The prosecution had claimed that he attacked women about his mother’s age because he blamed her for ‘his affliction’. They even pointed out that after being beaten and terrified it wasn’t very likely that a woman would take too much notice of the size of a man’s penis.
So the Law is an Ass on this side of the Channel too.