A mother with four children was tried in France for killing her husband after suffering decades of sexual, physical and psychological abuse since she was a teenager.
The case aroused widespread concern and support for her, and the long-term taboo of domestic abuse was liquidated nationwide.
Valerie Bacot, 40, admitted to shooting Daniel Polette in 2016. She risked her life for murder.
Before becoming a husband and forcing her into prostitution, Paulette was first her stepfather.
The verdict is expected to be rendered in the Chalon-sur-Saone court in central France on Friday.
The prosecutor asked for a one-year imprisonment and four-year probation, which means that Bacot is free to walk out of the court because she has already served her sentence in preventive detention.
The prosecutor said that he did not think she was a threat to society.
On Friday morning, Bakot fainted while listening to the prosecutor’s request, causing the trial to be suspended until noon.
Her story touched activists against domestic violence, and more than 680,000 people signed a petition for her release.
“I have to end it,” 40-year-old Bacot wrote in a book titled “Everyone Knows” published last month, adding: “I have always been scared.”
The trial began on Monday.
Bakot was only 12 years old when Paulette, who was 25 years older than her, raped her for the first time.
He was sent to prison, but returned after being released and continued to commit serial rapes.
“He told my mother that he would not start again. But he did,” she told the court.
At the age of 17, Bakot became pregnant, was driven out of the house by his alcoholic mother, and lived with Paulette.
“I want to keep my child. I have no one. Where can I go?” she told the court.
Polette is also an alcoholic, becoming more and more violent and once attacked her with a hammer.
“At first he would slap me, then he would kick me, then punch and kick, then suffocate,” she said, describing her life as “extreme hell.”
Paulette ordered her to be a prostitute for the truck driver, using the back of the Peugeot manned vehicle, and instructing her through the headset he forced her to wear to ensure she abides by the customer’s requirements. He charged between 20 and 50 Euros ( 24 – 59 USD).
Investigators confirmed that Pollet threatened that if she refused, she would kill her and pointed a gun at her many times.
When Polette began to question their 14-year-old daughter Karline about her budding sexual orientation, Bacot said she decided “this must stop.”
In March 2016, after Pollette ordered Bacot to be sexually insulted by a client again, she used the pistol he had placed in the car and shot him in the back of the neck with a bullet when he was sitting in the driver’s seat.
Bacot said she wanted to make sure that her daughter would not suffer the same fate as hers.
“I want to save her,” she said.
The circumstances of the shooting ruled out any possible legitimate claims of self-defense.
With the help of two of her four children, Bacot hid Polette’s body in the forest. In October 2017, she was arrested, pleaded guilty, and released on bail a year later.
When she arrived at the courthouse on Monday, she made no comment. A thin man with a ponytail and a black jacket seemed to be frightened by a group of reporters.
Before the trial, her lawyer stated that “the extreme violence she suffered in 25 years and the fear that her daughter would be the next one” prompted her to kill Pollet.
The same lawyer Janine Bonaggiunta and Nathalie Tomasini have already defended Jacqueline Sauvage. Jacqueline Sauvage is a French woman who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing and abusing her husband, but was elected president in 2016 after becoming a symbol of opposition to violence pardon. female.
“These women who have become victims of violence do not have any protection. The judiciary is still too slow, not responding enough, and being too tolerant of perpetrators who can continue to exercise the power of violence,” Bonagyuta told AFP.
“This is exactly what can force a desperate woman to kill in order to survive,” she said.
The court assessment found that Bakot was “convinced that she needed to do this to protect her children.”