On Tuesday, October 24, 2023, the Rennes Court of Appeal retried a hunter from Corseul in Côtes-d’Armor for shooting at a man with his rifle. The latter followed him by car to his property following an argument at a local bar.
On Sunday, September 18, 2022, Guénael “sports bar” For the “healing” of the commune of Corseul [son] dog”: the hunter had lost it a few hours ago and the animal was rescued by its “friends”.
After paying for a tour to thank them, this carpenter was attacked by a bar patron who was there with his wife, described by witnesses as a “bomber”: She accused him of putting his dog back in his car.
While walking towards his house, 450 meters away from the bar, Hunter He then noticed a van following him, which hit him, and followed it to the entrance of his property. Finally “he fired once towards the ground” he shotgun, but the pellets “ricocheted off a stone” and ended their course in the pursuer’s legs.
The x-ray will count approximately fifty pellets in each of the victim’s legs. Therefore, this man who consumed 2.37 grams of alcohol will be given a total of fifteen days’ suspension. There was blood during the incident.
After the events, a search was made at the house of the 46-year-old hunter, who had 1.2 grams of alcohol in his blood, and a real arsenal was revealed in his house: two rifles, six shotguns and a pistol were seized.
The fact is that, at the first stage, his lawyer found that his client’s police custody was invalid due to the failure to comply with the twenty-hour maximum time limit for his client’s appearance before the prosecutor.
The Saint-Malo criminal court therefore concluded on December 8, 2022 that this case was not regularly seized and could only acquit the Corseul hunter.
The Saint-Malo prosecutor’s office later appealed the decision: it did not draw the same conclusions from this procedural flaw, since, according to the prosecutor general, he said that “zero detention does not mean that police custody does not exist.”
According to him, the removal of shoes “can lead to complete removal” from police custody, and the cancellation of the latter “can only result in the cancellation of the acts”, without the “support of removal”, which he himself “obtained” from the court…
The judges of the Rennes Court of Appeal will therefore have to examine this procedural issue before deciding on guilt. Guénael X.: on the merits of the case, Me Frédéric Birrien begged self-defense for his client. “What would you have? “Is it over?” asked the lawyer. Rennes to three judges. HE taken into account That the man chasing him was displaying dangerous behavior and posed a real threat.
The hunter did not immediately shoot, his lawyer recalled. He said for himself, “I was cornered.” touch THE The defendant was recognized as a disabled worker after a work accident. The prosecutor’s office requested a one-year suspended prison sentence for the defendant “armed violence” and “clearly drunk driving”, because this man has only been condemned once in the past. The court reversed its decision, will pronounce in about a month.