his ex-boyfriend sentenced to life on appeal

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Bruno Garcia-Cruciani, 46, tried on appeal at the Assizes of Corse-du-Sud for the feminicide of his ex-companion, Julie Douib, in 2019 in Ile-Rousse, was sentenced on appeal to criminal imprisonment at perpetuity.

“The Court sentences you by a majority of at least eight votes to life imprisonment with a 22-year security sentence,” the president told Bruno Garcia-Cruciani.

When the verdict was announced, Bruno Garcia-Cruciani remained imperturbable in the box. The Douib family let their relief show.

At first instance, the accused had also been sentenced to life imprisonment with a security period of 22 years and the deprivation of his parental authority.

Julie Douib killed by three bullets

On March 3, 2019, as he admitted to the gendarmes, Bruno Garcia-Cruciani presented himself to Julie Douib, his ex-companion, in Ile-Rousse (Haute-Corse), armed with a Glock pistol 17 equipped with a silencer. In joint custody, their two sons, then aged eight and 10, were at his home.

He had fired three times: the first time in the children’s room, wounding the young woman in the left elbow. A second time without reaching her on the balcony, where she had fled. A third time, while the victim was on the ground, fatally hitting her in the chest and again in the left arm. “She simply said to me: ‘He killed me'”, confided a neighbor of Julie Douib who had discovered her lying in her blood on her balcony: “She had already been telling me for a month: ‘ He’s going to kill me, he’s going to kill me’, and that’s it…”.

This condemnation corresponds to the requisitions of Catherine Levy, the general counsel.

“I ask you to find him guilty and I request life imprisonment with a maximum security sentence of 22 years,” said Catherine Levy, the general counsel, to the jurors.

“It is a pure and simple execution”, hammered the magistrate in her requisitions, ensuring that this file “does not present any difficulties”. “Bruno Garcia-Cruciani did not give Julie Douib a single chance to get out of it,” she assured, recalling that he “hunted her” before shooting her.

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“Any human asks for forgiveness, there is nothing there”

“There is absolutely no doubt, neither about the ballistic expertise, nor about the psychiatric and psychological expertise”, she listed, adding that there is “no empathy”. “Any human asks for forgiveness, expresses regret, there is nothing there”.

“Just showing up at someone’s doorstep with a loaded gun constitutes premeditation,” she also said.

To further underline this premeditation, she detailed the internet searches carried out before the facts by the accused on the “sentence for intentional homicide” or how to “go to live in Thailand”. Also aggravating circumstances, the sale of his vehicles and the fact of having entrusted the children’s passports to his “tata de coeur” before the facts.

“The premeditation is therefore established, the violence is also established and the dangerousness of Mr. Garcia-Cruciani too”, she summarized.

“Nothing stops him, even in detention”

The Advocate General then recalled the death threats made by the accused during his detention after the death of Julie Douib, against friends of the latter, a sports coach she frequented and her father.

“Nothing stops him, even in detention,” she summed up. “It’s quite unusual, I’ve been a magistrate for 40 years” and “I’ve never seen people in detention foment conspiracies and death threats in a sophisticated way”.

A feminicide that had marked all of France

Thirtieth feminicide out of the 146 counted in 2019, this murder had aroused great emotion in Corsica and outside the Island of Beauty: “She was not sufficiently protected”, had carried away Marlène Schiappa, then Secretary of State to gender equality.

Four months later, she received associations and relatives of victims of feminicides, who demanded a “Grenelle” against domestic violence. Organized on September 3, 2019, the Grenelle had resulted in 46 measures, including the deployment of anti-reconciliation bracelets.

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