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Marc Machin sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for rape

Marc Machin, a former victim of a miscarriage of justice, was sentenced this Thursday, October 14 by the Assize Court of Paris to sixteen years of criminal imprisonment for the rape of a young woman under the threat of a weapon in 2018. The The court attached this sentence to an eight-year safety period and ordered a socio-judicial follow-up measure for five years. Marc Machin was also ordered to pay 25,000 euros in damages to the victim.

In the box, white sweatshirt, imposing build, Marc Machin seemed to blame the sentence, then letting a few tears escape. In his motivation, “The court took into account the seriousness of the facts” who “Resulted in extremely significant trauma for the victim”, as well as two previous convictions of Marc Machin for sexual assault, explained President David Hill.

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“My client is relieved that this is over”, declared the lawyer of the civil party, Me Audrey Dufau. “Considering the very particular profile of the accused, this sentence seems to make the difference”, estimated Me Adrien Gabeaud, who defends Marc Machin with Me Elise Arfi.

Marc Machin, 39, was tried since Monday for rape committed at gunpoint, extortion with a weapon, swindle, theft and home invasion. His trial was held behind closed doors at the request of the civil party. The latter, then 22 years old, had denounced on April 21, 2018 to the police the rape of which she had been the victim that same morning in an apartment in Paris by a hooded man who threatened her with a kitchen knife, before killing her. force them to erase the traces of the crime and to steal their credit card. Confused by his DNA, Marc Machin had ended up acknowledging the facts in police custody.

Miscarriage of justice

Marc Machin wrongly spent six and a half years in prison for the Pont de Neuilly affair. Incarcerated in 2001 at the age of 19, he was sentenced three years later to eighteen years in prison for the stabbing murder of Marie-Agnès Bedot, a sentence confirmed on appeal.

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“In their eyes”, fifteen years of judicial error

But in March 2008, a 33-year-old homeless man, David Sagno, blamed himself for the murder and that of another woman at the same location in 2002, which led to the release of Marc Machin. In 2012, the latter ended up being acquitted at the end of his review trial, becoming the eighth person in France since World War II to be exonerated at the end of such a procedure.

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Justice then awarded him 663,320 euros in compensation. Since his release from prison in 2008, Marc Machin has accumulated convictions, a total of fifteen, some of which have resulted in him being reincarcerated.

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