In Yonne, a man known for domestic violence kills his ex-girlfriend

The Yonne gendarmerie arrested a man unfavorably known for domestic violence and author of a feminicide (illustrative photo taken in June 2019 in Isère).

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – A 32-year-old young woman was shot dead this Friday, June 11 in the afternoon in Monéteau, in Yonne, by her former companion, already known to the Justice for domestic violence, said the prosecutor of the Republic of Auxerre Hugues de Phily.

“The woman is dead. The alleged shooter was arrested by the municipal police, then handed over to the gendarmes who immediately took him into custody, ”Hugues de Phily told AFP, confirming information from the local daily. The Republican Yonne.

The feminicide took place in a public parking lot, in the city center of this residential town of some 4,000 inhabitants, located north of Auxerre.

A complaint filed at the start of the year

According to witnesses alerted by the shots and quoted by France Bleu radio, the 34-year-old man shot his ex-girlfriend twice, then a third time ten minutes later. The couple have two young children, 18 months and 5 years old.

At the beginning of the year, the young woman had filed a complaint against her former companion and had attended an association to help victims of domestic violence. “Until then, we had no alarming signal allowing us to think that his ex-companion wanted his life,” noted Hugues de Phily.

The man had been the subject of a criminal composition, an alternative to legal proceedings, for which he had to follow a course to raise awareness of domestic violence, added the prosecutor. “We will look closely at what the previous signals had been and what responses were given,” he said.

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The ultimate stage of violence suffered by more than 200,000 women per year, feminicides had experienced a sharp increase in 2019, with 146 deaths recorded (25 more than in 2018). In 2020, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice, 90 women were killed by their spouse or ex-spouse.

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