Murder in Cagnes-sur-Mer: start of the trial of Salomé’s ex-partner

Salomé, 21, was beaten to death and found abandoned under a pile of rubbish in Cagnes-sur-Mer in 2019. sebra /

Beaten to death, Salomé, 21, was found abandoned under a pile of rubbish, in Cagnes-sur-Mer: after having denied any violence, for four years, her ex-partner admitted the facts on Monday March 6, at the opening of his trial before the Assize Court of the Alpes-Maritimes.

Amin Mimouni, 29, has been appearing since Monday and until Friday March 10 in Nice, for aggravated murder. Facts for which he faces life imprisonment.

“I recognize the facts”

Quickly arrested after the discovery of the body of the young woman, near a railway line, the man had challenged during his police custody any violence against his girlfriend, just evoking an argument. He then mentioned,the black hole“. “I recognize the facts“, he said Monday at the end of the morning, after the reading of overwhelming details by the president of the court.

On the night of the death, neighbors had seen a man, exactly resembling the accused sitting in the box, “half-breed, 1.80 m, hair done in a bun», «dragging a young woman on the ground, kicking and punching her and jumping on her body“. To another neighbour, who had called him to calm down, he had said: “Don’t come closer, I have a gun!“.

A permanent hold

The violence had been such that Salomé’s father had been unable to identify his daughter, her face was so ravaged. Only a DNA comparison had confirmed his identity. In a relationship with Amin for nine months, Salomé had announced her intention to break up: “I’m sorry to leave you but I feel dead, I’m ashamed, it disgusts me“, she had written to him a few weeks earlier.

Despite a clean criminal record, his companion had already been the subject of a complaint for violence filed by an ex-girlfriend, in 2016, a complaint dismissed for lack of being able to be substantiated. This violence had also targeted Salomé, according to Me Laura Lopez, her family’s lawyer. In fact, the accused exerted a terrible influence on his companion, forbidding her to wear makeup or depriving her of a telephone. The young woman, who had abandoned her studies to work in a bakery, was under the permanent control of her partner, who had all his access codes to social networks.

Salome was ‘called back to God’

Asked about letters during his detention in which he indicated that Salomé was “reminded of god», the young man, who calls himself a Muslim and «returned to religion two years ago“, declined to say more on Monday. “By whose will did Salome lose her life?“, asks him several times the president. “The facts, I recognize them, I apologize” but “I do not answer questions relating to religionmurmurs the accused, in an annoyed tone.

Hundredth homicide of women in France in 2019, the murder of Salomé took place on the night of August 30 to 31, four days before the opening of the Grenelle against domestic violence. According to a psychiatrist, who described him as “narcissistic“, the man, addicted to cannabis and victim of the violence of his father during his childhood, “said he was in love with Salome“: “But for him love may be belonging“, she added.

The case had also raised questions about the intervention of the police, alerted by telephone that a “young man slaughtered a girl“. But she had not found any women during her intervention. Following an investigation by the IGPN, a police officer had finally received a reprimand. The civil party should plead “Wednesday, March 8, International Women’s Day“, explained Me Lopez, for whom this trial is “very symbolic“. The number of murders of women increased by 20% in France in 2021 compared to the previous year, with 122 women killed under the blows of their spouse or ex-spouse, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior.

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