Live | Avignon: forbidden to stay, he had fled after an accident
He had not set foot in the Avignon court since March 2016 and his ten-year prison sentence in connection with the “Rocade reprisals” case. Yesterday, Emmanuel returned, authorized for several traffic offenses including driving without a license and without insurance, and a hit and run. Released last May, the 33-year-old defendant was also banned from going to Avignon for five years… But on December 24, unable to bear it anymore and having not seen his mother for years, the Avignonnais decided to come and spend the holidays in Vaucluse.
Driving too fast that day, chemin de Saint-Gabriel, he hit a car and partially tore a fence wall before fleeing when the police arrived. At the hearing, the defendant acknowledged all the facts that he had denied for a time while in police custody.
To the vice-prosecutor who asks him why he was in Avignon, Emmanuel responds stammering, gets angry and ends up saying “that he took risks, coming here”. “You played with fire. You did things backwards when you could have asked the sentencing judge to lift this ban. All the actors in the shooting are either dead or on the run in Morocco. You could have said that your mother and your girlfriend were here, but instead you sink into a lie, and when they ask you for your address, you don’t answer.“. The defendant’s lawyer, Me Sabrina Besanger pleads for a defendant who has changed.”He panicked when he saw the police. It’s normal. He knows he shouldn’t be there, but it’s been nearly ten years since he’s seen his family. And it was NoahI”.
The court sentenced Emmanuel to 12 months, 6 months of which was suspended on probation for two years. He returned to detention.