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A French court sentenced Jonathann Daval to 25 years in prison on Saturday for killing his wife and then burning her body, shocking the country
The 36-year-old Frenchman was not moved when he read the sentence. He turned to the members of his own family present. He had previously said “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” in the dock and was looking at his wife’s parents.
Daval eventually confessed to beating, strangling and burning his body in the woods after initially reporting his disappearance.
A French court sentenced a 36-year-old man to 25 years behind bars on Saturday for the 2017 killing of his wife.
Jonathann Daval contacted authorities to report his wife, Alexia, missing in October 2017.https://t.co/yYCtpIXsHp
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 21, 2020
The charred remains of Alexia Daval were found hiding in branches near her hometown of Gray-la-Ville in eastern France in October 2017. Daval first said that Alexia, a 29-year-old bank employee, jogged and never returned .
Jean-Pierre Fouillot, Alexia’s father, put his arm around his wife Isabelle’s shoulders during the court ruling. A few minutes later, his mother, Isabelle Fouillot, came out to speak to reporters, as she had done during the trial.
“It is a great decision, as I expected, at the height of our suffering. That way we can continue, ”he said.
Defense attorney Ornella Spatafora immediately said the verdict would not be appealed. In front of the field, dozens of people were pressed against the barriers that prevented entry. Prosecutors had called for a life sentence and described the 2017 murder as a “near-perfect marriage crime.”
After the death of his wife, Daval had become a troublesome figure who appeared crying at a press conference with his in-laws and presided over one of the many events held in his memory across the country.
Three months later, prosecutors said the TI agent confessed to the murder and admitted that he beat his wife in a heated argument, slammed her against a concrete wall and strangled her.
She initially denied setting her body on fire, but finally admitted it in June of last year. Daval changed his story many times, at one point withdrew his confession, blamed his brother-in-law and finally admitted it again.
When asked by the judge on Monday if he would admit he was “the only person involved in the death,” Daval said “yes” and seemed on the verge of tears.
The crime deeply shocked France and about 10,000 people traveled to the couple’s quiet town for a silent march in their memory.
The murder brought to light the scourge of violence against women at the height of the #MeToo global campaign against sexual abuse and harassment of women.
On Monday, French authorities said 125,840 women were victims of domestic violence in 2019. Another 146 were killed by their partner or ex-partner, 25 more than the previous year.