Femicide by Julie Douib: The appeals process begins this Friday

Femicide by Julie Douib: The appeals process begins this Friday

This Friday, January 20th, the appeal process against Bruno Garcia-Cruciani will open in Ajaccio. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Julie Douib.

In 2019, 146 women were killed by their boyfriend or ex-boyfriend. Among them was Julie Douib, 34, who was shot dead by her children’s father on March 3 in Ile-Rousse, Corsica. Bruno Garcia-Cruciani was sentenced in June 2021 to life imprisonment with a 22-year security period and deprivation of his parental rights. He appealed against those convictions and is due to stand trial again in Ajaccio from this Friday until January 27.

At first instance, Julie Douib’s assassin admitted that he went to his ex-companion’s house armed and shot him before surrendering to the gendarmes. He was found guilty of murder, although he had always denied the premeditation of his act. During the investigation, the judge had emphasized in particular that Bruno Garcia-Cruciani had carried out strange searches on the Internet such as “punishment for killing with a weapon” or even “going to live in Thailand”.

Not to mention that, according to investigators, in phone calls recorded during his detention, the victim “fully justified his gesture and showed no regrets.” He also claimed to have tried “the weapon” of the crime with a silencer the day before the incident in his garden, where two 9mm casings were found. The scene was confirmed by the couple’s two children, who were 8 and 10 years old at the time of their mother’s murder.

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On March 3, 2019, Bruno Garcia-Cruciani showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s house armed with a Glock 17 and shot her three times, hitting her twice. The first bullet hit her in the children’s room, the second on the balcony where she had fled. Julie Douib was fatally injured in the chest and left arm.

She was found bathed in her blood by a neighbor. “She was lying on the balcony with her head in an empty flower pot. she moaned. Once she looked at me and said, “He killed me”. Those were his last words,” he said with emotion during the first trial.

A TV film traces his story

At the time, the murder of Julie Douib aroused particular emotions, especially because the young woman had tried to warn of the danger that threatened her. Several complaints and handrails had been filed in recent months by the victim, but also by his father and even by Bruno Garcia-Cruciani. Vain.

Her story, sadly emblematic of violence against women, was the subject of a 2022 TV movie, She Saved Me. Knowing she was being hunted and threatened, Julie Douib did not hide her fear from those close to her. “He’s everywhere, one day he’ll corner me and put a bullet in me,” she told her brother shortly before her death.

Marlène Schiappa herself, then Secretary of State for Gender Equality, acknowledged that this mother was “insufficiently protected”. She had then met with associations and families of victims of femicide, which led to the Grenelle Against Domestic Violence organized on September 3, 2019.

The latter resulted in 46 measures including the use of anti-reconciliation bracelets. However, the impact of Grenelle is considered mixed by associations, indicating the still alarming number of femicides. The Home Office recorded 122 in 2021, a 20% increase from 2020. For the year 2022, the collective #NousToutes counted 147 murders of women. That’s a death every two days.

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