The Assize Court of Bastia (Haute-Corse) sentenced Bruno Garcia-Cruciani to life in prison on Wednesday, June 16, with a twenty-two-year security sentence, for the murder of his ex-partner. , Julie Douib, in March 2019 in L’Ile-Rousse.
The president of the court also decided to withdraw the 44-year-old man of his parental authority over the couple’s two sons, now aged 11 and 13: “This measure is intended to protect children”, she stressed. The accused, who has ten days to appeal this verdict, was finally sentenced to a ban on holding a weapon for fifteen years and to pay 10,000 euros to all the civil parties.
Recognizing that this life sentence is “Unusual”, the president detailed the motivations of the jurors, specifying that “The ultimate violence” of the assassination was “Sufficient” to achieve this conviction, regardless of domestic violence. “The risk of repeating the facts because of your impulsive and vindictive personality” also weighed, she told Bruno Garcia-Cruciani, adding the lack of regret and the fact that he ” claims “ his gesture in prison.
The day before, Advocate General Charlotte Beluet had requested criminal imprisonment, “A way to request social death” according to her, and the ban on the possession of a weapon for fifteen years. She had also requested the “Deprivation of parental authority” and, on release from prison, judicial follow-up with order for treatment for fifteen years.
Denouncing the dangerousness and threats that the accused made, the Advocate General recalled that “New targets exist”, in the person of Julie Douib’s father and the sports teacher with whom she was in contact at the time of her death, at 34, on March 3, 2019.
The accused reserves his apologies to his children
The general counsel had also asked the jurors that Julie Douib “Not be a statistic”, recalling that this feminicide was the 30e, out of 149, in 2019 in France. This crime had acted as a social shock and caused a wave of indignation in the country, leading to the organization by the government of a summit on violence against women.
Bruno Garcia-Cruciani went to the Ile-Rousse gendarmerie on March 3, 2019, at 11:25 a.m., less than half an hour after firing three times with his Glock 17 caliber semi-automatic pistol 9 mm parabellum on Julie Douib, in her apartment located in the small seaside resort.
On Tuesday, in front of the Bastia assizes, the accused repeated many times that he was wrong “To position oneself as a victim” and that he was going “Assume” his actions, while denying the premeditation: “I hadn’t prepared anything. “ “I can’t go back. I took the mother from my children. And the excuses and regrets, I will give them to my children ”, added the forties, refusing on the other hand to offer it to the parents of Julie Douib, present in the courtroom since the start of the trial, Thursday.
Reminding “That a woman dies every three days under the blows of her companion or ex-companion”, the accused’s lawyer, Camille Radot, had pleaded that “Every day, this type of case is judged without a journalist”, denouncing in this specific case a “Excessive media coverage”.
“I ask you to bring him back to the community of men”, from “Give him a chance”, he insisted, adding that “Bruno Garcia is not an animal, not a monster”. The lawyer also assured that “Nothing signs premeditation”, asking the jurors to “Credit him that he wasn’t such a bad father” and highlighting the decision of the family court judge to give him temporary custody of the children.