Murder of Agnès Marin

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Agnès Marin ((1997-11-26)November 26, 1997 – November 11, 2011) was a 13-year-old girl who was murdered on November 11, 2011 in Chambon-sur-Lignon, France. The murder was committed by 17 year-old Mathieu Moulinas, who at the time was on parole while awaiting trial for rape of another girl.

Early life[edit]

Agnès Marin was born to Paola and Frederic Marin. According to a close friend, she was a good student who was interested in becoming a filmmaker.[1] Her parents had enrolled her at the Cévenolles boarding school in 4th grade[Note 1] after being exposed to negative influences including marijuana at her former junior high school. She was buried on her would-be 14th birthday, November 26, 2011.

Murder[edit]

On November 11, 2011, in Chambon-sur-Lignon, in the département of Haute-Loire, Agnès Marin,[Note 2] a 13-year-old student at Les Cévenoles Boarding School, went with Mathieu Moulinas, another student,[Note 3] who was nearly 18 at the time, to look for hallucinogenic mushrooms in a forest. Once there, Moulinas proceeded to rape and stab Agnès 17 times before finally burning her body with petrol that he had brought to the site previously.[2][3]

Trial[edit]

At his trial before the Cour d'assises des mineurs[Note 4] that began on June 18, 2013 and was held in camera for the most part at the request of Salomé F. in spite of the Marins' wishes and during which Mathieu recognized his guilt, the prosecutor criticized the numerous failings of the institutions and asked the jury to not grant the benefit of minority to Moulinas,[Note 5] instead asking for a 30-year sentence and civil commitment, taking into account the fact Moulinas had mental problems.[4]

On June 28, 2013, Moulinas was sentenced to life imprisonment, a sentence which had not been met against a juvenile since Patrick Dils in 1989 (who was subsequently exonerated in 2002.).[5] His lawyers appealed the sentence the next day.[6]

Controversies[edit]

The murder was committed during a time when the French public was debating juvenile criminality and recidivism among offenders.[citation needed]

Some in France criticized the several different failures of the judicial system, whether by freeing such a suspect after three months of remand and putting him in a co-ed boarding school or the lack of candor of Moulinas's judicial supervisor about Moulinas's near-expulsion for typing "pedo sex" in a search engine.[2][3][7][8][9]

While the prosecution argued the school was aware Moulinas was charged for rape, the school stated they were not aware of the exact reason why he was under investigation. His father said he alluded his son was under investigation for a sexual offense.[3] However, the father of the victim claims that the school was aware that Moulinas had problems involving "sexual acts of aggression." [10]

Appeal[edit]

On October 10, 2014, his life sentence was confirmed by the Appeal Assize Court, ending any possibility of the revision of the rulings on the facts.[11]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The French equivalent of the Eighth grade in the U.S.
  2. ^ Even through juvenile victims' names should not be released as stipulated by French law, hers was released by her family.
  3. ^ Although French law is forbidden to reveal any information enabling to name a minor offender, his last name leaked to the press as "Moulinas"
  4. ^ Court for juvenile offenders committing crimes (offences punished by at least 10 years in prison)
  5. ^ The excuse de minorité (see Youth justice in France (fr)) in French law the means the maximum sentence for a minor is divided by two, so the maximum is reduced to 20 years for life-eligible crimes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cornevin, Christophe. "Murder of Agnes: "We heard two loud cries"". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Samuel, Henry (November 21, 2011). "France in shock over rape and murder of 13-year old girl". The Telegraph. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "French girl Agnes Marin raped and killed by 17-year-old". Herald Sun. Agence France-Presse. November 22, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Colonna d'Istria, Geneviève (June 28, 2013). "Haute-Loire - Meurtre d'Agnès : "Un crime exceptionnel, avec un accusé exceptionnel"". Le Point (in French). Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "French minor given life sentence over rape of 13 year old girl". Europe. Radio France International (radio). June 30, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Meurtre d'Agnès Marin: les avocates de Matthieu font appel". Libération (in French). Agence France-Presse. June 29, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ Davet, Gérard (June 20, 2012). "Autopsie d'un drame" [Autopsy of a drama]. Le Monde (in French). France. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ Amadeo, Fabrice (November 22, 2011). "Un proche de la 1ère victime de l'agresseur d'Agnès parle". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ "France Calls for Reform After Murder of Girl, 13". Le Figaro in English. Le Figaro. France. November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "School murder scandal shocks France" [School murder scandal shocks France]. Le Monde. November 22, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Assassinat d'Agnès Marin : Matthieu M. condamné à la réclusion à perpétuité en appel" [Murder of Agnès Marin : Matthieu M. sentenced to life after appealing]. Le Monde (in French). October 10, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 

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