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The man who killed his ex-girlfriend in Colmar was indicted and imprisoned

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The man who killed his ex-girlfriend by pushing her through a window on the eighth floor of a building Thursday in Colmar was indicted on Saturday June 5 and imprisoned, announced the city’s public prosecutor, Catherine Sorita-Minard.

This 51-year-old man was indicted for “intentional homicide by spouse and placed under arrest warrant”, said in a statement Mme Sorita-Minard. “He admits the facts, indicating to have acted following an argument, in a context of significant alcoholism”, she added. “An investigating judge is now seized” and “The investigations will continue, in particular to interview witnesses and relatives, and to verify the schedule of the author and the victim in the moments preceding the murder”.

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The man, who had 2.5 grams of alcohol in his blood, had defenestrated his 48-year-old former companion on Thursday evening. He then stayed at the window to throw cans of beer in the direction of the body, before being stopped without resistance.

Falling on the roof of a sports hall below, the victim died on the spot, despite the intervention of firefighters and Smur.

49e feminicide since January 2021

According to a neighbor, cited by a source close to the investigation, the victim was regularly subjected to violence from her former companion. He was thus sentenced on January 17, 2019, for “aggravated violence” on the same person, to six months in prison with a suspension with probation for three years, reports the prosecution. He was monitored by the sentence enforcement judge and the integration and probation service.

“An assessment of his care will be carried out, in accordance with the instructions of the Minister of Justice in this area”, announced Friday the prosecutor.

According to the collective “Feminicides by companions or ex”, this drama brings to 49 the number of victims of feminicides since the beginning of the year 2021. In 2020, 90 feminicides were counted by the Ministry of the Interior, against 146 l ‘last year.

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The Colmar drama is part of a black series that occurred in the Grand-Est region where, in less than two weeks, three feminicides or attempted feminicide were committed, relaunching the debate on the follow-up of the perpetrators of domestic violence.

In addition to the Colmar femicide, a 48-year-old man tried Thursday afternoon to kill his companion in the street in Metz before shooting himself in the head after a “Outburst of violence”, according to the prosecution. His victim is seriously injured. In Hayange (Moselle), on May 24, a 23-year-old man stabbed his partner to death in the middle of the street.

Each time, the victims had long been subjected to the violence of their companion: complaints had been filed, some had even been convicted for these acts.

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