“A toxic relationship”: the term has become very commonplace in the courtroom of the Compiègne court. Mentioned by defense lawyers as well as by the prosecution, it seems to be the one that best characterizes the number of domestic violence cases that fail in court. The latest is the one that is worth to Antoine Villette, 32, and Nina Lecomte, 35, to appear this Tuesday, June 7.
It is in June 2021 that the two lovers meet, one and the other carried on the drink. A life together of several months follows – at the end of which, last April, Antoine is condemned for violence committed against Nina. She is then housed in a foster home, and he is forbidden to come into contact with her. But, as prosecutor Marie-Céline Lawrysz reminds us in her submissions, “the two persist in maintaining a bond”.
One last before the electronic bracelet
On May 31, Antoine and Nina meet in front of the young woman’s home. The next day, Nina – mother of two children and whose criminal record shows numerous convictions, in particular for violence against a spouse – will have to wear an electronic bracelet, which will prevent her, from now on, from frequenting her lover as she pleases. That evening, the couple wants to treat themselves to a last evening before long. Anthony and Nina “picnic” — sprinkling their agape with whiskey. Then the couple go to sleep off in the car of the landscape gardener, who is also the father of a twelve-year-old child whom he no longer sees. The rest of the evening is still confused: it seems that Antoine wanted to wake up Nina, and that she, in response, then punched him in the shoulder. Still, an argument breaks out between the two lovebirds, both drunk. Reciprocal blows are struck. It is 9:30 p.m. when the gendarmes are called by Nina – who claims to be a victim of violence committed by Antoine. The young woman (living from the RSA and mother of two children, both placed) is crying in the middle of the road and seems totally disoriented when the gendarmes arrive on the spot. But Antoine Villette has long since decamped; he will not be placed in police custody until two days later, on June 2, before finally being brought to court for “repeat violence against a spouse”.
Two defendants that “we risk seeing one of them before the Assize Court”
Appearing under escort this Tuesday, June 7, he acknowledges the facts with which he is charged. Also prosecuted for “violence on a spouse”, Nina Lecomte appears free at the bar of the court – constantly turning around, at each of the questions put to her by President Xavier Lacasa, in the direction of the box in which Villette is standing .
“A year of living together, a dozen episodes of violence in total”deplores in her submissions the prosecutor Marie-Céline Lawrysz, insisting on the “violent personality of the defendants, as evidenced by their criminal record”. Showing concern for the future, she says: “The risk for the future is obvious. The blow too much risks seeing one of them before the Assize Court. Recalling that Antoine Villette was in a state of recidivism, it requires against him 18 months in prison, including 6 with probationary suspension for a period of 2 years. Pointing the “psychological fragility” of Nina Lecomte, she is more lenient, requesting against her 6 months in prison with probationary suspension for a period of 2 years.
A couple “under mutual control”
Pleading for release, Me Charlotte de Boislaville, the young woman’s lawyer, affirms that “[s]he client is under the influence, she is afraid, she is a victim above all.”
“He too is under the influence”, engages Me Anthony Alexandre, Antoine Villette’s lawyer. “Monsieur has personal accommodation, he has a CDI, what’s the point of sending him to prison?” he wonders. And to propose to the court: “Why not the bracelet? What he needs is support.”
Recognized one and the other guilty of violence on spouse, Nina Lecomte and Antoine Villette are condemned. She was sentenced to 5 months in prison with probationary suspension for a period of 2 years. In particular, she will have the obligation to follow psychological and addictology care, and that of having a job. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, 12 of which were probationary suspended for a period of 2 years. In addition, the court revokes 3 months of suspension. But Villette escapes prison, and will have to serve his sentence under house arrest with a bracelet. Finally, one and the other are now prohibited from contact.
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Fitz James. Drunk, the two lovers Antoine Villette and Nina Lecomte come to blows – Oise Hebdo
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