The lawyer of Omar Raddad, a Moroccan gardener convicted of the murder of Ghislaine Marchal in 1991 in Mougins, will file a new request for review of his trial, she announced Monday, June 21 in a statement. This request will be filed Thursday on the basis of new analyzes of the four traces of DNA discovered in November 2015, corresponding to four unidentified men. These DNA prints, two perfectly usable and two partially, had been found on two doors and a chevron that were at the scene of the crime.
Ghislaine Marchal, the rich widow of an automotive supplier, was 65 when she was found bathed in blood in the cellar of her property on June 23, 1991. The sentence “Omar killed me” had been written in the victim’s blood on the two doors on which the DNA traces were found.
The request for revision is based on the subsequent analyzes of an expert, made in 2019 and unveiled on Monday by The world. This report concludes with the presence of about thirty traces of a complete male DNA not belonging to the gardener and found in one of the inscriptions made with the blood of the victim which indicated Omar Raddad as the murderer. To explain their presence, the expert leans towards “direct or indirect primary transfer assumptions at the material time”, Omar Raddad’s lawyer told AFP. In other words, the DNA would have potentially been deposited by the author of the message.
Sentenced in 1994 to 18 years in prison, without the possibility of appealing at the time, Omar Raddad had in total spent more than seven years in prison. He had benefited four years later from a partial pardon from President Jacques Chirac and from a conditional release, but this pardon does not constitute an annulment of the conviction and does not make him innocent. It was only thanks to the law of June 20, 2014, which relaxed the conditions for reviewing a criminal trial, that new investigations were able to take place. Other traces of DNA not corresponding to those of Omar Raddad had already been found at the scene of the crime, leading to a first referral to the Court of Revision. She refused a new trial in 2002.