Sentenced to 18 years in prison for the rape of the concubine of his friend in March 2016, a resident of Sebastopol has appealed to the verdict and requested his release on bail pending the appeal. However, his request was rejected by the Intermediate Court.
“Compte tenu de la nécessité de protéger la femme et la société en général, la Cour estime qu’il y a un risque élevé à libérer le détenu sous caution.” This is what motivated the magistrate Razia Bibi Jannoo-Jaunbocus to reject the request for release on bail of Louis Georges Grande-Oreille.
He was sentenced to 18 years in prison on 31st of March 2016 by the Intermediate Court. He was found guilty of the rape of the concubine of his friend. The offense was committed on 12th December 2010. The convict, a 55 year old resident of Sebastopol pleaded not guilty at trial.
According to the indictment, the accused and his friend Marcel Bontemps went to the house of another friend in Riviere Noire on the day of the offense. The four began to consume alcoholic beverages. After a moment, the inhabitant of Riviere Noire and his girlfriend went to bed thinking Louis Georges Grande-Oreille and Marcel Bontemps would return home.
But it was never the case. The two continued to drink. The victim claimed that she woke up in shock and found a man, Marcel Bontemps, on her. In court she said that while she was being raped, Louis Georges Grande-Oreille was sitting on another bed in the same room and watching her. She could not confirm if he had sex with her because she was unconscious.
In his statement to the police, Louis Georges Grande-Oreille conceded raping the woman. He said she was not aware of the act and was not consented of the act. But in court, he retracted his confession. He has however been able to convince the court. Thus, on the 31st March 2016, magistrates Ida Dookhy-Rambarun and Bibi Razia Janoo-Jaunbocus sentenced him to eighteen years in prison.
Defended by Siddhartha Hawoldar, Louis Georges Grande-Oreille gave notice of an appeal and requested to be released on bail pending his appeal. But the police objected to this request. Sergeant Ramtohul stated that the condemned could flee because he escaped a detention center in the past. Before his conviction, Louis Georges Grande-Oreille was on bail and living in Montagne Blanche.
The magistrate Jannoo-Jaunbocus felt that the police apprehensions were justified.