Former LREM MP Benoît Simian sentenced to eight months suspended prison sentence for harassment

The former deputy of Gironde ex-LREM Benoît Simian, tried for harassment towards his wife with he is in the process of divorce, was sentenced this Thursday, June 23 to a sentence of eight months of imprisonment suspended by the correctional court of Bordeaux .

A judgment below the requisitions of the public prosecutor who had requested last March a sentence of 18 months of imprisonment as well as three years of ineligibility. The court did not retain this additional sentence, considering that “the facts were not committed within the framework of his parliamentary activity”.

He was accused of more than forty malicious acts, “sometimes 2 or 3 times a day”between July and November 2020 at their home in Ludon-Médoc, which he no longer had the enjoyment of since a non-conciliation order.

About forty malicious acts

The 39-year-old former elected official has multiplied the comings and goings to go in particular to an outbuilding of the house transformed into a parliamentary office.

A Girondin deputy implicated in harassment retains his parliamentary immunity

In detail, he was notably accused of having parked several times in front of the home, preventing his wife from going out, of having embarked on gardening and DIY work by cutting laurels or by having himself delivered. beams and bags of large stones or from urinating on the lawn. He was also suspected of having bathed in the pool, before emptying it, through the hole in a cat flap.

“It appears that these repeated acts were done with the intention of behaving as if he were still at home and to annoy” his wife, said the court in its judgment.

“Traumatic Stress”

Faced with these acts of harassment “perfectly constituted”he was also ordered to pay him 5,000 euros in non-pecuniary damage and prohibited “to get in touch with her and to appear at her home for a period of one year”. The latter, in a state of “traumatic stress” at the time of the events, had been provided with a telephone “serious danger” .

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Candidate for his re-election in the Médoc without having been invested by the presidential majority, the dissident deputy had been curtly eliminated in the first round of the legislative elections, collecting only 3.68% of the votes.

In addition to this file, Benoît Simian is also accused by an employee of having forced her to sleep in the same room as him and of having multiplied the intimate messages at the end of 2020-beginning of 2021. The Bordeaux prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation.

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