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Frenchwoman guilty of sex attacks on plumbers

A court in France this week handed out a 12-month suspended prison sentence to a woman who sexually assaulted two plumbers, who came to repair the central heating in her house.

Frenchwoman guilty of sex attacks on plumbers
Frenchwoman has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two plumbers. Photo: Plumber photohttp://shutr.bz/1vGRu4V

The court in the northern town of Arras heard how the woman tried to entice the men into her bed and began groping one of the workmen when he was bent over working.

“When you have done with the radiators, come to my bed,” the woman, identified only as I.D., told one of the two workers in October last year, according to La Voix du Nord newspaper.

When one plumber was bending over to do some work, the woman, who is in her late forties and said she was an alcoholic, approached him from behind and began caressing his back and other parts of his body.

He spurned her advances. She then closed the shutters of the apartment and began making ever more obscene propositions.

When the plumbers again declined, she smacked one of them across the ear before throwing them out of her home and refusing to let them take their plumbing equipment with them.

When the police came the next day to recover the tools, the accused again lashed out, this time hitting the caretaker of the building.

The woman told the court that she realised that “my behaviour was not normal that day with the workers”. She said that after the incident she had “fallen even deeper into alcoholism” but in recent months  had managed to stop drinking and was now training to be a care worker.

The court gave her a 12-month suspended prison sentence and ordered her to pay €1,000 in damages to the pair of plumbers.

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French court convicts 8 for stealing Banksy from Paris terror attack site

A French court on Thursday convicted eight men for the theft and handling of a Banksy painting paying homage to the victims of the 2015 attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

French court convicts 8 for stealing Banksy from Paris terror attack site

Three men in their 30s who admitted to the 2019 theft were given prison sentences, one of four years and two of three, although they will be able to serve them wearing electronic tracking bracelets rather than behind bars.

Another man, a 41-year-old millionaire lottery winner and street art fan accused of being the mastermind of the heist, was given three years in jail for handling stolen goods after judges found the main allegation unproven. His sentence will also be served with a bracelet.

Elsewhere in the capital, the defence was making its final arguments in the trial of the surviving suspects in the 2015 Paris attacks themselves, with a verdict expected on June 29.

‘Acted like vultures’ 

British street artist Banksy painted his “sad girl” stencil on the metal door of the Bataclan in memory of the 90 people killed there on November 13th, 2015.

A white van with concealed number-plates was seen stopping on January 26, 2019 in an alleyway running alongside the central Paris music venue.

Many concertgoers fled via the same alley when the Bataclan became the focal point of France’s worst ever attacks since World War II, as Islamic State group jihadists killed 130 people at a string of sites across the capital.

On the morning of the theft, three masked men climbed out of the van, cut the hinges with angle grinders powered by a generator and left within 10 minutes, in what an investigating judge called a “meticulously prepared” heist.

Prosecutor Valerie Cadignan told the court earlier this month that the perpetrators had not sought to debase the memory of the attack victims, but “being aware of the priceless value of the door were looking to make a profit”.

She said the thieves “acted like vultures, like people who steal objects without any respect for what they might represent”.

During the trial, Bataclan staff said the theft sparked “deep indignation”, adding that the painted door was a “symbol of remembrance that belongs to everyone, locals, Parisians, citizens of the world”.

Investigators pieced together the door’s route across France and into Italy, where it was found in June 2020 on a farm in Sant’Omero, near the Adriatic coast.

Three men involved in transporting the door were each jailed for 10 months, while a 58-year-old Italian man who owns a hotel where it was temporarily stored received a six-month suspended sentence.

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