Louise Douillet, edited by Alexandre Dalifard 9:19 a.m., December 10, 2022
While it has been almost two months since the body of young Lola was found in a trunk, a psychiatric expert estimated Friday that Dahbia B., the main suspect, had all her capacities for discernment at the time of the murder.
Roland Coutanceau, criminologist, explains how such an examination takes place.
Almost two months ago, the body of Lola, this young Parisian schoolgirl of twelve years, was found in a trunk.
A psychiatric expert estimated Friday that Dahbia B., the main suspect, had all her capacities of discernment at the time of the acting out and did not suffer from any psychic or neuropsychic disorder having abolished or altered her discernment.
How does such a psychiatric examination take place?
Roland Coutanceau, criminologist, psychiatrist and president of the French Mental Health League, explains the process.
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Alteration or abolition of discernment?
"We diagnose whether or not there is mental illness. If so, has the illness abolished or simply altered discernment? In this hypothesis of abolition, we will consider that the person is irresponsible, therefore placed in a psychiatric hospital. If there is simply an alteration of discernment, the person will be judged but we will take into account this mental illness to perhaps adjust the sentence", underlines Roland Coutanceau.
"However, if neither of the two cases is found, it means that the expert thinks that there is no mental illness. On the other hand, there may be personality disorders such as paranoid character, the narcissistic pervert, a borderline dimension. These can be one of the elements of explanation for the passage to the act, but the person is totally responsible for his actions and is judged by the justice of men", concludes the criminologist.