Six months suspended prison sentence required after the Moustoir tragedy in Lorient

Among themselves, some employees called it “the wheelbarrow”. A wheelbarrow of almost 500 kg, 2.50 m high, as wide, 8 m long folded, 20 m unfolded. FC Lorient, via the company Sportingsols and a contract of 204,000 euros over five years, had three wheelbarrows, three light therapy devices, rather reminiscent of science fiction machines, kinds of football crossbars equipped at the height of regenerating lawn lamps.

The video of the quarter of an hour which followed the end of the Lorient-Rennes meeting, on December 20, 2020, broadcast at the start of the hearing, is chilling. However, the widow of Yohann Essirard, white sweater, black skirt, remained, showing that she was facing to get closer to the truth. It’s 7:01 p.m. One man in front, one man behind, the ramp is approaching six meters from the south turn. The four wheels are suddenly placed in the same axis, causing the tipping of “the wheelbarrow”.

“A man should not have lost his life to help voluntarily. He should have gone home to say goodnight to his children.

The widow of Yohann Essirard

The man who was behind, Yohann Essirard, was crushed and his rib cage sunk. The man in front, “N.” runs, holds his head, ” like crazy “ his lawyer will say. “N.” is Yohann’s half-brother. He invited her “to make him happy. » To lend a hand too? The main question is there. “N.” will most often remain hands crossed, head lowered, for almost seven hours. He was officially employed by Sportingsols.

Sportingsols asked for total release

Dignified, extremely dignified, swallowing back her tears, Cindy Essirard tells her man, his lack, his misunderstanding too. “A man should not have lost his life to help voluntarily. He should have gone home to say goodnight to his children. » The rest belonged to the law, which is not always in tune with feelings. “The mode of defense chosen by Sportingsols (Editor’s note: prosecuted in particular for “manslaughter” and “concealed work”) add to angerlaunches his defender, Maître Goulven Pennec. We cannot say that we are not responsible for anything when we are a leader. »

The two leaders, Loïc Jobard and Robert Paul, based in Saint-Fulgent, argue that they were unaware that “guests” helped, that the employees also had modified the machines, shearing safety stops to facilitate the work. Sportingsols requested total release. The prosecutor, who had chosen not to attach FC Lorient to the file, which had provided the accreditations of the real fake gardeners, requested the sentencing of the two leaders to six months in prison, suspended and the company to a fine of 155,000 euros. .

Judgment was reserved for November 21.


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