The murder trial of a lady who shot her abusive husband got underway in the French city of Chalon-sur-Saône on Monday.
In her bestselling work, Tout Le Monde Savait (Everyone Knew) announced in May, Valerie Bacot, 40, confessed to shooting Daniel Polette lifeless in self-defense in 2016. She meets a life sentence for murder.
“It’s with that same gun, in another forest one day and so he wouldn’t kill us that I killed him,” Bacot wrote.
Bacot stated Polette, 25 years her elder, first raped her when she was 12 years old. At the moment, Polette was her mother’s lover, however, Bacot points to him as her stepfather in the text.
In 1996 Polette was sentenced to the rape of a minor and wasted two and a half years in jail, Bacot’s lawyer Nathalie Tomasini said CNN.
Bacot recorded in her writing that later Polette was discharged he started abusing her repeatedly and she was impregnated by him at the age of 17.
Over 18 years, Bacot and Polette had four children collectively, two of whom accommodated to bury their father’s corpse after Bacot killed him. In 2019 they were each given a 6-month deferred prison penalty for covering a human corpse, Bacot’s lawyer stated.
During the investigation, the children talked about the constant abuse their mother experienced at the hands of Polette. According to court records, the court-appointed therapist told Bacot was “clearly under Polette’s control.”
The prosecutor has stated that Polette’s murder was planned; Bacot’s lawyers contradict this.
An appeal not to jail Bacot was started online by advocates in January, which has so far collected more than 580,000 impressions. The hearing is supposed to last five days.
Bacot’s case is suggestive of Jacqueline Sauvage, a French lady who was convicted to 10 years in prison following she was sentenced to fatally killing her husband three times in the back with a hunting rifle in 2012, just one day after their son hanged himself.
After completing three years behind bars, Sauvage was discharged from jail in 2016 when then-president Francois Hollande conferred her a release.