Flat tires, death threats and shootings: up to four years in prison after tensions between travelers in Puy-de-Dôme

“A Drunk Fight” between two men belonging to two sedentary families of travelers dating back to October or November 2006: this is where a very banal story begins, not to say insignificant, but which in 2016 will know, an ultra-violent return.

Police operation in a camp for travelers in Clermont-Ferrand

After the famous fight, one of the families, the Prud’hommes family, decides that the other, all generations together, will never again have the right to set foot in the Puy-de-Dôme department. This incredible ukase will finally be broken, ten years later, by one of the young members of the “exiled” family, then 21 years old.

Upholsterer-decorator, he exhibits his works on March 9, 2016 in the Nacarat Gallery at the Géant Casino du Brézet in Clermont-Ferrand. Three of his “rivals” from the Prud’homme family quickly learn about his “illegal” presence on what they consider to be their territory. They then decide around 3pm in retaliation to puncture one of the tires on his Fiat Ducato and detract from two others with a blow to the supermarket parking lot.

Threats with weapons on the highway

The young man, who has formally identified his attackers, will in the late afternoon succeed in taking back his consumer vehicle and heading towards Pont-du-Château. As he is driving on the A711 motorway, he is overtaken by a Peugeot 208 in which the three men seen the same afternoon in the supermarket car park have taken place. When they were at the height, the three people, gesturing and vocally, threatened him with a handgun, a baseball bat and a pruning hook. He manages to escape them by rushing into the exit road leading to the Pont-du-Château. He will shortly after file a complaint to the gendarmerie. But he is still far from finished with “the family …”.

“I’m a competitor, not a street beat meter. I had no intentions of confronting them and losing my life.”

the victim (Professional boxer)

Thus, on March 21, he received on his professional cell phone about thirty calls threatening his life, emanating from his self-proclaimed enemies. One of his correspondents especially warns him that he will [lui] chop off the head with an ax ”.

Third and final episode, March 30th. By far the most violent. Just as he was leaving the Courpière at the wheel of his Fiat Ducato to take to a customer in Lezoux, he was overtaken by a Peugeot 208, which he unfortunately knew well. This time, its three occupants – the same as those who had brandished weapons on the A711 a few weeks earlier – shot three times at the victim’s vehicle, which was hit by several shocks before fleeing.

“Do not give to force a premium as the law cannot admit it”.

my simon cohen (Lawyer for the civil party with Me Mohamed Khanifar, address to the court)

“All this happened in a matter of seconds, but I had the impression that it lasted for hours,” recalled the young craftsman at the head of the criminal court on Thursday, in front of which he must have had a good time.

None of the five defendants attended the trial.

Because none of the five members of the Prud’homme family (aged 28 to 68 years) in different characteristics referred to this court, after the various facts of March 2016, were present.

An absence that the two lawyers for the civil party, Mes Mohamed Khanifar and Simon Cohen (from the Toulouse bar) deeply regretted. ‘This hearing might have made it possible to blow up the abscess. Unfortunately, that will not be the case! “, remarked the first.

“The fact that they are not there shows that they want to continue to behave as combatants and not as citizens. They deliberately decided not to show up at the bar “, the other continued, before the public prosecutor, Emmanuelle Cano, remarked that” the time that has passed since the facts in no way erases their seriousness “. She requested judgments from four months conditional on four years of arrest warrants.

“Is this famous ‘drunken brawl’, ten years old at the time of the events, a very credible motive for explaining what really happened?”.

Mr. jean-francois canis (defense attorney)

In defense, Me Jean-François Canis did not have the same reading of the case. “Today the tensions are gone and things have calmed down, whatever the rumors circulating in this society say. He then wondered ‘the real causes of this conflict between these two families, which we may not have been told all about, especially on the part of the civil party “.

Four years in prison and arrest warrants
for two of the defendants

Georges and Michel Prud’homme were sentenced to four years in prison with arrest warrants. David Prud’homme was sentenced to thirty months in prison, a sentence also accompanied by the issuance of an arrest warrant. The other two members of the family received eighteen months’ conditional imprisonment for one and 120 daily fines of 10 euros for the other. They must also pay a total of 7,685 euros in compensation to the civil party.

Finally, the four defendants were sentenced to prison terms banned from going to the Tarn ward for five years, where the victim and several of his family members now live.

Christian Lefevre

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