Following just three hours of deliberation last week, the court sentenced Rifat Abbas, a 34-year-old Sudanese illegal alien , to 20 years in prison after finding him guilty of stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Audrey Coignard, to death in a fit of rage back in September 2019 in the heavily Muslim Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, Le Figaro reports.
REMIX News (h/t Nita) The 27-year-old victim, a medical student who was very interested in helping migrants, is thought to have first met the Sudanese man at the Jean-Verdier hospital in Bond. Sometime after that, she established a relationship with him and the two began dating. Despite breaking up with him some months before the tragedy, she continued to host him at her home.
The night she asked him for the keys to her place was the night her life ended. “Mr. Abbas did not kill her because he loved her. He killed her because he was losing his free housing,” said the court’s magistrate, Bertrand Macle, who requested that the defendant be sentenced to 30 years in prison.
“The help she gave [to illegal migrants] often turned into friendships, and we respected her for that,” testified one of the migrants whom the victim had assisted, adding: “She brought good to others, and she did not see why we would hurt her.”
During the trial, the father of the victim, a former farmer, lauded his daughter’s “physical and mental strength” and her “passionate” character. She was the kind of person “who had confidence in people and did not want to give in to fear of the unknown,” the victim’s older sister told the court.
The defendant’s lawyer, for her part, urged the court to judge her client based on his “miserable” life and the mental and physical trauma that he endured during his migratory journey through Libya (Oh, Boo Hoo) , where he claims to have been tortured. Just because “she was an angel does not make him the devil,” Abbas’ lawyer said.
The murder is not exactly unique, as there are a number of high-profile cases involving those who helped migrants only to become targets. The guilty verdict comes just days after another Sudanese migrant stabbed to death a receptionist who worked a shelter for migrants and asylum seekers in Nogent-sur-Oise, a commune in the French department of Oise, in the north of France.
In 2020, an Afghan migrant living in France bludgeoned the director of an organization for asylum seekers while he slept.
Employees working at migrant center have often been targeted by the people they are aiding. Just in October of this year, an employee was murdered at a different migrant center in France and another arrested for death threats. In February, the director of a migrant center was murdered by a migrant in France.
The head of a migrant center in Italy was raped by a Nigerian migrant in 2020, with the woman recounting her experience to an Italian newspaper.
An Algerian illegal immigrant brutally beat his former girlfriend with an iron bar and then set her apartment on fire after she said she wanted to leave him. https://t.co/i9e0fvNkOo
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