An endless ordeal. In Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), three people are suspected of having manhandled a thirty-something dispossessed of his apartment for more than two years.
The facts were reported by our colleagues from The Republican East. According to the victim’s account, reported by the prosecutor, since March 2020, “a group of young people came to squat” the victim’s apartment “to store narcotics there”. From the summer of 2021, the victim would have suffered “several acts of abuse: burns on the body with cigarettes, burns with acid and hydroalcoholic gel, punches, throwing a knife in his direction “.
His attackers also allegedly stole two cell phones, his keys and some money. The victim was also allegedly forced to ingest heroin, prompting the intervention of firefighters last March.
Saved by his sister
The victim felt “under the influence of this group” and “in the psychological inability to denounce the facts”, reports the prosecution. It was ultimately the victim’s sister who, discovering the situation after returning from a long stay abroad, accompanied her brother to the police station in the summer of 2022 to reveal the facts.
On Tuesday, the three main perpetrators, minors at the time, were arrested and placed in police custody. One of them is currently serving a prison sentence for assault with a weapon. Another is also known to the authorities for acts of violence.
The three suspects were brought before an investigating judge on Thursday, indicted and placed in pre-trial detention after the opening of a judicial investigation for “acts of torture and barbarism in meetings and administration of harmful substances”. They admitted “their regular presence in the victim’s apartment, while contesting their involvement in the commission of the facts”, indicated the prosecution.