Accusation of rape at 36 quai des Orfèvres: the two BRI police officers finally acquitted on appeal
Three years after their conviction at first instance in Paris to seven years in prison, Antoine Q., 43, and Nicolas R., 52, were declared innocent. The two police officers were accused of gang-raping a Canadian tourist in 2014.
The two police officers who were tried on appeal for the gang rape in 2014 of a Canadian tourist at the headquarters of the Paris judicial police, at 36 quai des Orfèvres, were acquitted this Friday by the Val-de- Marl. A verdict that opposes the requisitions of the Advocate General, who had asked Thursday for their sentence to 7 years in prison, as in the first instance, considering that this “decision was balanced”. Thus, Antoine Q., 43, and Nicolas R., 52, emerged free from the Créteil courthouse where they had been on trial for three weeks.
Since the beginning of the case, the two former agents of the prestigious BRI have not ceased to proclaim their innocence. Emily Spanton, a Canadian tourist, met them on April 22, 2014 in an Irish pub located opposite the famous 36, quai des Orfèvres. While she is very alcoholic, they offer her a visit to their premises. She comes out in shock, denouncing gang rape.
‘When they were in the pub they didn’t want to rape Emily Spanton’said Advocate General Christophe Auger during his indictment. “They thought they could have consensual sex with her. But she doesn’t want to. So we serve him a glass of whiskey to force his consent. And it happens what happens”. But Thursday, during their pleadings, the defense lawyers asked for the acquittal for their clients, questioning the “credibility” of Emily Spanton and pointing fingers at statements “scalable” and “lies” on his part. The news of their acquittal was greeted with applause from their loved ones as the plaintiff left the court in tears.