Reclusive in his room, eternally unemployed, he would have been afraid at the age of 39 of being driven out of his parents’ home: at the assizes of Val-d’Oise, the Advocate General requested Thursday thirty years in prison against the ” Tanguy” accused of having killed his…
Reclusive in his room, eternally unemployed, he would have been afraid at the age of 39 of being driven out of his parents’ home: at the assizes of Val-d’Oise, the Advocate General requested Thursday thirty years in prison against the ” Tanguy” accused of having killed his father, who mysteriously disappeared twenty years ago.
A tall, thin brain of 59 years, Patrick Wittier has been appearing since Monday in Pontoise for the murder of his father Jean in the summer of 2002 in the small family pavilion in Argenteuil, at a time when he was still living with his parents. The defendant denies and affirms that he did not know what happened to his father, who supposedly went shopping on a bicycle and never returned.
According to the late confessions of his mother Marie-Thérèse, who only broke the omerta fourteen years after the facts, the son hit the 73-year-old pensioner with a hammer after an argument between his parents and finished him off. by drowning him, his head plunged into a bucket of water, before cutting up his corpse with a saw in the cellar. The pieces would then have been evacuated over several weeks with the garbage.
In this “atypical” file, old, without material evidence and which is based on the sole testimony of a nonagenarian woman, “it is not necessary to have a corpse to be convinced that there has been murder”, considers Advocate General Luc Pelerin.
In his one and a half hour indictment, the representative of the prosecution defended tooth and nail the sincerity of the revelation of the mother, neither “holy” nor “crazy”, obtained with forceps by the police in 2016 in favor of a relaunch of the investigation. Charges that the great-grandmother in a wheelchair renewed on Wednesday at the bar.
“You have no doubt about the truth of her testimony!”, asserts Mr. Pelerin before the jury, “she had no interest in saying what she said”. Threatened by her son to keep her silent, the woman would also have felt guilty of complicity in the crime, which she says she attended flabbergasted.
“None, no evidence”
In the suffocating closed door of the Wittier family, the father, a miserly and gruff former EDF electrician, could no longer bear to see his son, soon to be in his forties, vegetate without work for years. This computer enthusiast spent his days in the darkness of his room, shutters closed, tapping on his computer.
Exasperated by this “parasite”, Jean Wittier even put padlocks on the cupboards and the fridge to prevent him from taking food and forcing him out of the house. Caressing and protecting him, his mother fed him in secret. But the evening of the facts, the father would have threatened to “intern” Marie-Thérèse.
But “if there is a phobia that Patrick Wittier has, it is to find himself alone, it is to no longer have a roof. It is to no longer have a material cushion that allows him to prosper”, stings the Advocate General.
Basically, he notes cruelly, in this “dysfunctional” and loveless family, the disappearance of the father suits his loved ones well. In the small Argenteuil pavilion, the padlocks disappear, the shutters of Patrick’s room finally open…
Only his daughter, who left home at 18, struggles for years in her corner, in the indifference of the police and justice, to discover the truth about her father.
“After the death of Jean Wittier everyone is very happy. The lead screed is no longer there, because Jean Wittier is not easy”, launches Luc Pelerin.
Defending for his part the testimony of a “wicked” mother, “who lies”, the defense of Patrick Wittier pleaded acquittal. “In this case, you have no, no evidence!” Insisted his lawyer Me Ariane Lachenaud.
The verdict is expected Thursday at the end of the day.