Assizes of Namur: Bernard Marchal found guilty of the murder of his brother Jean-Luc

The Assize Court of Namur found Bernard Marchal guilty of the murder of his brother Jean-Luc on October 30, 2019 in Bois-de-Villers (Profondeville).

Departing for deliberations shortly after 6 p.m. following 8 hours of pleadings by the lawyers for the civil parties, the defense and the Advocate General, the jury had to decide whether or not the accused was guilty, following the facts which had arisen. took place on October 30, 2019 in Bois-de-Villers (Profondeville).

A voluntary act or not, all the stake of these deliberations on the guilt was there. The jurors had to answer four questions.

After 4 hours of deliberation, the jurors found the defendant guilty of murder.

A little earlier in the day, the lawyers for the civil parties and the general attorney had pleaded murder, that is to say the intention to kill. The defense had asked for the facts to be reclassified as intentional bodily harm resulting in death without the intention of giving it, a speech that the accused had made from the start, declaring “I did not want to kill him”.

Bernard Marchal. -DR

As a reminder, the facts took place on October 30, 2019 shortly after 5 p.m. An argument broke out, without anyone really knowing the reason, between the two brothers, who had consumed a large quantity of alcohol. They had made the trip to their mother’s home, rue Bertrand Elie in Bois-de-Villers, where Bernard Marchal was already living in an apartment on the first floor.

The brothers had an appointment for the sale of a tractor and it was after this that everything changed. From the various testimonies collected during the investigation, the companions of the two brothers had a strained relationship, which was largely confirmed during the trial. Relations between the two brothers were cordial, despite some arguments.

Jean-Luc Marchal was stabbed.
Jean-Luc Marchal was stabbed. -DR

Two tracks highlighted

Two tracks had been put forward to explain this fatal argument. The disappearance of the bag of Jean-Luc Marchal’s companion and, a little earlier in the day, revelations concerning a later relationship between her and Bernard Marchal. The decisive moment occurred when the victim wanted to go up to meet his brother, in search of the handbag. “Panic” in his words, Bernard Marchal grabbed a steak knife, asked his brother to leave and not go up, before stabbing him on the landing between both floors. Bernard Marchal will say that his brother wanted to break his face. “I never thought I would do such a thing, it was more for him to leave that I took the knife. What happened is because of the women. »

The continuation for Bernard Marchal, it will be the escape with his partner Christelle. The couple will go to a restaurant in Profondeville because the accused “wanted to eat a good steak because it will be my last. »

The fugitives will be arrested by the police shortly after leaving this restaurant.

According to the investigation, Jean-Luc Marchal would have died as a result of a partial section of his left subclavian artery and his thoracic aorta.

Bernard Marchal appeared free because he is currently detained under an electronic bracelet. He is now waiting to know his sentence, which should fall this Friday, after the deliberations of the jury composed of seven women and five men.

Kevin Collard

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