Bernard, 29, and Laura, 30, have a long history behind them. They meet while they are at the high school of Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, at the end of the 2010s. Laura, shy, reserved, does not dare to approach it until after the bac in her pocket. It is November 18, 2010, an evening with friends is organized and the two fall crazy for each other. They are spreading on social networks with a lot of ” I love you “Or” You are my Everything “. For months, their respective Facebook accounts are dripping with their passion.
They were 20 years old when they obtained the keys to their lovers’ nest in July 2011 in a small house in Auxi-le-Château (Pas de Calais). In October 2011, Laura announced her pregnancy. They are at the height of happiness when in April 2012 their baby boy is born. ” From the outside it looks like an almost perfect couple », Insists Deborah (1), a high school friend of the couple. But in the privacy of their other home, reality is everything.
Bernard has one big flaw: money is slipping through his fingers. ” In fact, he spends all the time. He changes his car like that, when repairs have to be made. Suddenly, they live very modestly », Assures Maryline (1), a friend of Laura. Around 2014, they moved to Buire-au-Bois for a larger house. The rent increased, but so did Bernard’s expenses. ” It’s always him, him, first, gets angry Morgane (1), a close friend of Laura. He wants to buy anything all the time and then sell it. For example, you have to take out a loan to buy a Peugeot 3008, but cannot repay the credit, so it sells for a low price… and still cannot repay the credit. “
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The rent for the house in Buire-au-Bois goes by the wayside regularly. The couple are bogged down in debt. But Laura sees only through Bernard: it is her first love. On August 18, 2018, the couple celebrated their wedding in Buire-au-Bois. It is a simple ceremony, bringing together their two families, a few friends. Among the guests is a certain Léa Demagny. We noticed her smoking a cigarette with Bernard several times during the reception.
This marriage, Laura is sure, will breathe new life into her couple. She is wrong. The day of their cotton wedding, Bernard announces to her that he is leaving her. For three months, they have to live together in a tense atmosphere. Laura falls into depression. And in March 2020, she confided a new torment to her friends: “ I knew yesterday that my husband had been in a relationship since March 1, so it farted. He grabbed me by the colbac on the neck, I slapped him in the face and he hit me. He never put his hand on me. But there, since I was angry, he didn’t like it. “
A break that does not come
In fact, Bernard has been dating another woman for a longer time: Léa Demagny. Always smiling, she occupies a position of assistant of life at the nursing home of the hospital center of Doullens where she is very appreciated. Together, they end up settling in Frévent, in a typical northern settlement, with ocher bricks, with a long garden at the back. Bernard is transformed. Big teddy bears, he looks like an athlete, he who does not play sports. The young couple seem very happy. But in reality the young woman does not know anything about the actions of her companion during his working days. Since the start of 2021, Bernard is no longer the transfixed lover he once was. He reconnected with Laura. They see each other in secret.
When Laura tells her friends about these secret dates, they try to warn her. ” You’ll see ? But he’s with Léa! You did not understand, he is laughing at you! », Morgane alert. Weeks and months go by. And Bernard still does not leave Léa. ” He can’t let go Laura justifies herself to her friends.
Tuesday September 14, the young carer works in the afternoon at the Doullens nursing home. At 9 p.m., Bernard picks her up and heads for Frévent, on the D916. Night fell quickly and the couple had barely passed the village of Bouquemaison when the Audi broke down. This does not surprise Leah. She is used to repeated problems with Bernard’s car.
The young man manages to park on the grassy sidewalk. The couple do not call the tow truck, do not seek help in Bouquemaison, only 2 kilometers away. They choose to walk home to Frévent, nearly 6 kilometers away, along a still busy and dangerous departmental road at night.
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It is then that a vehicle arrives at full speed, mows down Lea before disappearing into the night. Bernard calls for help, recounts the breakdown, an SUV speeding along and the accident. Upon their arrival, the firefighters can no longer do anything, Léa died a few moments earlier. The gendarmes discovered debris from the lighthouse on the ground, and found no braking marks. The next day, they launched a call for witnesses in the local press and on social networks to try to find the SUV and its driver.
Spectacular turn of events
Thursday September 16, while they still have no leads, Bernard Moulinier presented himself to the gendarmerie. He explains having noticed a broken headlight and traces of blood on the grille of his wife’s Golf, from which he has been separated for two years. Laura Doualle is arrested and placed in police custody. She recounts having passed by chance on this road in the middle of the night, having noticed her husband’s car on the side and, at the cost of a stroke of madness, having rushed towards her rival.
But drama, the next day, Bernard returned to the gendarmerie, asked to be placed in custody in turn. He gives a new version to the dramatic evening. He reconnected with his wife. Not being able to leave Léa Demagny, Laura and he together imagined an improbable and terrifying scenario: simulating a breakdown on the road so that Laura could collide with Léa.
Laura Doualle confirms her words. The couple is referred, indicted for murder, before being placed in pre-trial detention. From now on, the investigators will try to understand how such a murderous project could have arisen, but also, what is the implication of the husband and the wife. Who had the idea of this macabre design? Did Bernard push Lea under the wheels of his wife’s car? The pair of lovers who have remained in love may not yet have revealed all their secrets.
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