The Fourniret Trial

News on the trial is updated on my other blog – here.

A few days ago we were walking round town, minding our own business when a young lady approached us, stuck a microphone on my face and asked,

“Do you live locally? Have you heard about the Fourniret trial?”

I told her we lived near and, yes, we knew about the trial. The local paper has been full of it. Two notorious serial murderers moved to the prison  to be tried in Mezieres from tomorrow: the resultant disruption to parking has already been well broadcast and they estimate the total cost could be over a billion euros.

She held the microphone closer to my face.

“Can you tell me what you think about it then?”

I wanted to let rip with my feelings about a lifelong rapist and murderer whose first conviction dates back to when he was 25 (he’s now in his 60’s) and how he could be allowed to get away with it for so long – and how, if he’s proved guilty, they should lock him up in a deep dark cellar and throw away the key. . . . . .

But my French deserted me and I could only babble about how terrible it must be for the victim’s parents to have to sit through this all over again, listening to such a monster going over his crimes.

Hopefully, it was not a live programme and no-one will actually hear what I said.

But, tomorrow, Michel Founiret starts his trial for the kidnap, rape and murder of about seven of his victims.

His wife, Monique Olivier, in an attempt to make things easier for herself, has accused him of twelve murders but, since she was a party to ‘befriending’ and enticing some of the victims into their trap, she is also on trial.

Fourniret himself has already ‘helped’ the police by explaining where certain remains were hidden but, so far, he has been a difficult, slippery and crafty customer.

In some of his previous convictions he actually had suspended sentences (!!!) but, if French justice is to retain any credibility I should think they will have to keep him behind bars for the rest of his life.

The people of Charleville can’t be too happy about this high profile case unfolding on their doorstep but they’ll have to put up with it for the next few months.

It is mentioned on the BBC website here.


4 Responses to “The Fourniret Trial”

  1. john.g. Says:

    Sounds like a nice couple!!

    Yes, the Wests of the Ardennes no less.

  2. Little old me Says:

    What I would like to see happen to people like this is to have them branded on the forehead with a big R. Then be send out into the public without any protection from the police or any groups. let everyday people deal with them, lets see how long they would last. I know in a way that makes me as bad as them, but people like this are of no use what so ever.

    When you think what it costs in inconvenience, let alone money, to move him from the prison to the lawcourt each day (stopping all traffic) where, so I’ve heard, he plans to refuse to speak unless he is tried in secret it would certanly be a lot easier if someone could bump him off!

  3. guyana gyal Says:

    The people who help to hide criminals are just as guilty.

    You should hear the mothers of some bandits here. My son is a good son, etc etc. One mother even cried, after her son was killed, she never got to enjoy ‘the sweets’…the money and jewels he used to rob.

    I think there’s a difference between relatives who ‘egg on’ the criminals and those who are genuinely shocked to learn what their offspring have been up to. It must be a very difficult thing to do if you have to turn in your son because you’ve found out he has committed a terrible crime.

  4. Keith Says:

    Cruxification is too good for the likes of him. As LOM says, just turn him over to the crowd. It would make a good afternoons entertainment. Better even than the old Roman pastime of throwing the lions to the Christians!

    It’s times like these when I wish the civilised world could react a bit more barbarically. The argument ‘We’d be just as bad as he is’ doesn’t ring true when basically you would be making the world a safer place for innocent children. ‘They’ say that the death penalty isn’t a deterrent but if criminals were given a prolonged and painful send off it might just make others think twice. On the other hand, criminals like Fourniret think they can get away with it. . . . .the ba****ds.

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