The jurors matched this sentence, in accordance with the requisitions of the Advocate General, a two-thirds security measure, a socio-judicial follow-up of 10 years and an obligation of care, indicated to the AFP Me Caroline Bolla. His client was also prohibited from going to Schiltigheim, the town where the tragedy took place on the night of September 2 to 3, 2019.
Tony Mosquera, 24, faced life imprisonment for willful destruction of a building by fire, facts which notably led to the death of one person and the injuries of 12 others.
The victim, an 11-year-old child, was trapped in the flames. His lifeless body had been discovered by firefighters.
During the investigation, Mr. Mosquera had confessed to being the author of this fire which had ravaged a renovated Alsatian house housing social housing on two floors, but without giving any other explanation than his state of intoxication. The fire, which had mobilized a hundred firefighters, had completely destroyed 9 of the 43 homes.
He was tried this week at the assizes in a state of recidivism, his record showing before this trial 13 convictions, including four “for acts of degradation by dangerous meansHe had notably tried to burn down a nursery school when he was only 12 years old.
The psychiatric experts had, however, concluded that there was no “psychological disorders” his home.
At the start of the trial on Monday, he explained that he had lost his job and broke up with his partner shortly before the tragedy. He had also indicated that he had smoked cannabis and consumed alcohol before the facts and that he had not “conscience“to be in an apartment building when it was set on fire.
“At no point did he suspect that he was going to cause the death of a young boy and all other harm.“, argued Me Caroline Bolla, who had pleaded for a more lenient sentence of 20 years in prison.
“We hoped less for the verdict but we knew that the recidivism would + stick to his skin +“, she told AFP after the trial.”Very clearly that’s what played. His first hot reaction is not to appeal, but we will review the point with him next week.”
“25 years is a number that is still + ringing +, even if he has always said that he deserves a sentence“, reacted his other council, Me Charlotte Barby.
“The fire is voluntary but he never had a homicidal intention, he never wanted to kill a child, he always said so. He said it again at the trial, he told the family“, insisted Me Barby.