• The Haut-Rhin Assize Court sentenced a man to 30 years in prison on Thursday for the murder of his seven-year-old daughter in January 2020 in Ingersheim.

  • Before taking action, he called the SOS Friendship platform and told the listener: "I'm going to take revenge by killing my daughter".

  • Now 51, the man faced life imprisonment for murder by ascendant of a minor under the age of 15.

The verdict is in.

The Haut-Rhin Assize Court sentenced a man to 30 years in prison on Thursday for the murder of his seven-year-old daughter in January 2020 in Ingersheim.

"This verdict is accepted, he will reflect on whether or not to appeal, but it is above all calm and resignation that characterize his reaction", declared the defense lawyers, Mes Pierre Schultz and Delphine Gilbert, after three days of a "testing" trial.

The court retained the premeditation, in accordance with the requisitions of the general counsel, fixing a security period of 20 years.

On January 6, 2020, the man had strangled his little girl at his home in Ingersheim, after picking her up from school.

Before taking action, he called the SOS Friendship platform and told the listener: "I'm going to take revenge by killing my daughter".

The accused acknowledged this statement but denied having killed his daughter in revenge for his wife who had left him three months earlier.

But for the lawyer for the civil parties, Me Denis Fayolle, "this telephone conversation shows that it is indeed the mother who was targeted".

He risked life

In his requisitions, the general counsel, Marianne Aventin, retained the premeditation, considering that "his intention to kill" had been "well thought out".

“He may not be that fragile, his hands certainly did not shake when he took the last breath of life from his daughter by strangling her, before suffocating her with a cushion and drown her in the tub to ensure her death,” she said.

A psychiatric expertise carried out in 2021 concluded that "a depressive state without particular gravity" at the time of the facts.

Now 51, the man faced life imprisonment for murder by ascendant of a minor under the age of 15.

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