The Savoy Assize Court condemned the former dog handler to 20 years of criminal imprisonment, with a security period of two-thirds. The prosecution had requested 30 years in prison.
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He appeared since May 3 at the court of Chambéry (Savoie). After seven hours of deliberation, the court Assize de la Savoie, in Chambéry, condemned Nordahl Lelandais to 20 years of criminal imprisonment for the murder of Corporal Arthur Noyer, with a security period of two-thirds, Tuesday, May 11. The 38-year-old former dog handler, hands clasped and a white shirt, did not budge when the verdict was announced, which closes seven days of a highly publicized trial.
The Attorney General, Thérèse Brunisso, had requested earlier Tuesday a sentence of thirty years of criminal imprisonment, with a two-thirds security period anda ten-year socio-judicial follow-up for the accused. During her requisitions, the magistrate recalled that the difficulty of this trial was to judge without a crime scene and without “body, or so little”. She recalled that the only plausible motive for Nordahl Lelandais was the motive “sexual”, and supported in court the “will to kill” of the accused.
During the trial, Nordahl Lelandais recalled his version of the facts, that of a death following a fight, a fatal brawl without the intention of killing Arthur Noyer. “It is not a monster that you judge, it is a man”, declared during his argument the lawyer of the accused, Alain Jakubowicz, denouncing the presentation by the media, in his eyes, of his client as a “monster”. Arthur Noyer’s family lawyer, Bernard Boulloud, dismantled point by point the version of the accused during his argument. “This man does not suffer: he has no affect. Because he is an individual who attacks victims he does not know”, assured the lawyer.
This verdict marks a first legal step for Nordahl Lelandais, before his next trial before the assizes in Grenoble, in 2022, for the death of little Maëlys.