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Feminicide of Mérignac: the police officer who took the complaint had been convicted of domestic violence

The policeman who had received on March 15 the complaint of Chahinez Daoud against her violent husband, before he burned her alive on May 4, 2021 in Mérignac, had just been sentenced for “Domestic violence”, AFP learned from the prosecution on Wednesday July 21, confirming information from the “Chained Duck”.

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“We were informed on June 24 by the Bordeaux sentencing judge that one of the officials who took Ms. Daoud’s complaint of March 15, 2021 had himself been the subject of a conviction for domestic violence”, told AFP the prosecutor’s office in Bordeaux.

The Bordeaux Criminal Court had condemned him on February 10 to an 8-month prison sentence with probationary suspension and non-registration of this sentence in the B2 criminal record, according to the prosecution.

A “questionable” assignment to the complaints office

The policeman “Admitted the facts, specifying to be followed by an addictologist” and was sentenced for “Usual violence against his ex-wife”, writes the “Canard Enchaîné”. Joined by AFP, the national police specify that“An administrative investigation was opened as soon as the police officer’s wife lodged a complaint”.

Following this investigation, the official was the subject of a “Request for referral to a disciplinary council”, “Which has not yet held”, specifies the national police. According to the “Chained Duck”, his hierarchy was “Fully informed, one of its bosses” grateful that “His assignment to the complaints office was questionable.

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“I find it regrettable that after this type of conviction, the disciplinary procedure and the reaction of the hierarchy are so long”, responded Me Solène Roquain-Bardet, lawyer for Chahinez Daoud since early 2021.

“I regret that someone sentenced by the criminal court, with in addition a problem of addiction according to the press, remains in direct contact with the public and can continue to receive complaints”, she added. “This comforts me in the idea that it is essential to have in each police station and each gendarmerie a referent or a cell who are trained” for this type of complaint.

A series of failures

Chahinez, 31, mother of three, died on May 4, after being shot and wounded by her violent repeat offender husband from whom she was separated, who then set her on fire in the street. This tragedy sparked a wave of indignation and provoked a joint mission of the General Inspectorate of Administration and the General Inspectorate of Justice.

The government announced on June 10 new measures, following the report of this mission, highlighting a series of failures in the monitoring of the violent partner who repeatedly offends and the protection of the victim.

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On March 15, the mother went to the police station to report another assault on her partner, explaining that he had hit her and tried to strangle her.

In its report, the inspection mission stresses that “The danger assessment grid and the victim assessment sheet” have actually been “Fulfilled”, then transmitted by the police to the prosecutor’s office, but according to her “There is serious doubt as to the care with which these grids were filled in”.

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