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Father jailed for killing baby son

A 22-year-old man was sentenced on Wednesday by a criminal court in Evry to 12 years in prison for savagely beating his five-month-old baby boy to death.

The man’s wife was also sentenced to a suspended three-year jail term for her failure to intervene to protect the infant.

“The baby ended up dying as a result of the violence of his father and the indifference of his mother,” the prosecutor in the case said, according to a French-language report from  AFP.

The sentence comes more than three years after the child died.

On November 10th 2009, a couple of friends of the mother came to visit her and her husband at the hotel room where they lived in Evry, a suburb south of Paris.

In a bedroom they discovered the baby, inert and covered in bruises.

They sought explanations in vain from the parents and later alerted police who arrived only to find that the baby was dead.

An autopsy showed the baby had suffered from traumatic brain injuries and burst eardrums.

The baby’s face was covered in bruises.

An archived report from Le Parisien showed the father, who had repeatedly been in trouble with the law in his youth, had beaten the child whenever it cried.

He acknowledged giving the baby a “great slap” three days before he died.

Despite the baby’s signs of tiredness and loss of appetite, the parents failed to seek medical help.

“It was an appalling thing that occurred behind closed doors in this hotel room,” the prosecutor said, according to the AFP report.

The infant suffered “a slow agony in the presence of his two parents, who were supposed to be protecting him”.
 

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.

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