France: Migrant sentenced to four years for drugging and raping his young landlady

A young migrant was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for drugging and abusing the young woman hosting him in the village of Douarnenez in the northwestern French region of Brittany, regional news portal Le Télégramme reports.

The unnamed victim insisted that the hearing take place behind closed doors on Nov. 20 at the Quimper court. The first hearing on Oct. 20 was public because of the defendant’s request for referrals and to carry out expert evaluations, including a psychiatric one.

For three hours, behind the closed doors of the courtroom, the magistrates of the bench, the prosecution, the lawyers, but also the victim and the defendant, named as Plamedi Odinga Mbala Mungadi, recounted the events of Sept. 12, 2020, in Douarnenez inside the home ofthe young woman.

That evening, the young man prepared the meal for him and the young woman but added a pellet of cannabis resin. He is accused of having subsequently undressed the young woman and sexually assaulting her.

“He remembers having put the ball of resin in the dish to have led his landlady on the sofa but, afterwards, it is all a blackout,” explained Me Yann Le Roux, the young man’s lawyer. He pleaded for the alteration of the charges, but eventually prosecutor Béatrice Nectoux requested four years in prison with continued detention and a permanent ban on staying on French territory.

At 6 p.m., the Quimper court condemned the man to four years in prison and adding a final ban on stay in Finistère and Morbihan in addition to the ban on staying in France. Plamedi Odinga Mbala Mungadi will also have his name entered in the Automated Judicial File of Perpetrators of Sexual and Violent Offenses (Fijais) and will have to pay €4,200 in damages to his victim.

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