A five-year prison sentence, including four suspended, has just been requested at the Bacot trial. The accused, who is appearing for the murder of her violent husband, could come out free when she risked life imprisonment.
“Should Valérie Bacot return to prison? I think the answer should be no. After a little over an hour of indictment, the Advocate General of the Assize Court of Saône-et-Loire demanded Friday against Valérie Bacot a sentence of five years in prison, including four accompanied by a suspended sentence, with obligation of care. The verdict expected in the evening this Friday could be historic.
The 40-year-old was fired for “assassination” after having killed, on March 13, 2016, her violent husband, Daniel Polette. He had been her stepfather first and had raped her since her preteen years, beating her and bullying her. She never managed to get out of his grip to call for help.
Arrested in October 2017, Valérie Bacot has already served a year in pre-trial detention. She could thus emerge free from her trial. The Advocate General took pains to explain at length that we cannot “could not accept that we take a life, even the worst life”. Murder is punishable by life, he said. But in view of a particularly trying week of trial during which the former relatives of Daniel Polette – none of whom filed a civil action – described “a monster”he felt that we could not judge Valérie Bacot “as if nothing had happened in all these years”. “Madame Bacot is not delusional, she kills premeditatedly”he pointed out.
“Save your children”
The day before the incident, Valérie Bacot’s daughter, then 14 years old, told her that her father had just asked her “how she was sexually”. A trigger. “It has to stop”will say Valérie Bacot at the bar, without ever clearly recognizing her intention to kill her husband. “Premeditation results from the desire to save [sa fille] initially from violence, to save her children. And she saved herself,” resumed the Advocate General. At the end of the indictment, seized with discomfort, Valérie Bacot collapsed. The hearing was adjourned.