The mayor of Somme-Leuze sentenced for manslaughter

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The Marche police court on Monday sentenced the mayor of Somme-Leuze, Valérie Lecomte, to four months in prison, three of which were suspended, for having fatally run over an 84-year-old pedestrian in July 2020 in Marche, in the province of Luxembourg.

On July 16, 2020, an 84-year-old woman was fatally hit by a car as she crossed the urban boulevard to reach the neighboring rest home in Marche-en-Famenne. At the wheel of the vehicle was the mayor of Somme-Leuze, Valérie Lecomte. Prosecuted for manslaughter, she was sentenced Monday by the Marche police court to four months’ imprisonment, three of which were suspended.

The local elected official has never denied her involvement in the accident, but she has always disputed the responsibility. According to his version, the octogenarian would have appeared outside the pedestrian crossing. A version described as fanciful by the court, which emphasizes that this implied for the octogenarian to climb the platform using his walker. Referring to various testimonies and the findings made on the spot, the court considers that the accused “clumsily tries to justify his behavior and contradicts the material elements of the case, however irrefutable“.

In addition to the partial suspended prison sentence, Valérie Lecomte receives a fine of 3,200 euros and a forfeiture of the right to drive for four months, both accompanied by a partial suspension.

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