Known for his role in “Pattaya”, Saïd Bogota was sentenced by the Essonne Assize Court to 16 years in prison. He and his two accomplices, who were sentenced to 10 and 13 years in prison, were convicted of violence against a 17-year-old apprentice mechanic, new boyfriend of Saïd’s ex-girlfriend Bogota. A minor accused of complicity in kidnapping, kidnapping and attempted murder was acquitted.
The victim was kidnapped in December 2018. The young man is held in a basement of a building where Saïd Bogota and his two accomplices subjected him to numerous abuses, including jets of acid and tear gas in the face. Worried by a neighbor who is surprised by the noise, the kidnappers transport him, blinded and having trouble breathing, to an isolated field. They continued to molest him, going “crescendo” in violence, recalled the attorney general who had requested 15 to 17 years in prison against the actor, described as “instigator” of the crime.
“Now that he has seen my face, he must be finished”
The teenager receives two short-distance flashball shots to the head before Said Bogota, by his own admission, inflicts about 20 tow hook hits on the skull. Before being sprayed with gasoline and then set on fire, the victim maintained that he heard Saïd Bogota panic: “Now that he has seen my face, he must be finished”.
The actor had briefly confessed, last Wednesday, to have wanted to kill the teenager while he was fleeing, before returning to this confession two days later. For his part, the victim’s lawyer Francis Szpiner, “was pleased that the court recognized” what his client had suffered and retained “the premeditation and homicidal intent”.