The hearing was long overdue. This Tuesday, October 12, for the first time, Jérôme Gaillard was confronted with his parents before the examining magistrate. The 40-year-old is suspected of having killed his wife, Magali Blandin, with two baseball bats, in Montfort-sur-Meu (35), on February 11. He is today indicted for “murder by spouse” and imprisoned in the prison of Vezin-le-Coquet, near Rennes. His parents, Jean and Monique Gaillard, are themselves indicted for “complicity in murder”. What did they really know? Yesterday’s confrontation made everyone agree. The son and his parents delivered one and the same version. The same as that given by Monique Gaillard, on September 10, before the examining magistrate: from Christmas 2020, Jérôme Gaillard had informed his parents and children of his intention to have his wife and their mother killed by Georgian hired killers. Perfectly informed of this first criminal project, the retired farming couple had paid 50,000 euros to their son. Officially to “pay for the divorce and help her financially”.
Jean Gaillard knew he was providing an alibi
As for the day of the murder, there too, yesterday’s confrontation made it possible to support what Monique had already delivered. Namely that the couple knowingly helped their son. The day before the murder, Jérôme came to find his parents to tell them that the next day he was going to kill Magali and that he needed their help. It was therefore agreed that Jean would spend the morning at Jérôme’s home surfing the internet and making phone calls, in order to create an alibi for him. Monique was in charge of going shopping. At noon, Jérôme met his parents at the family table and told them that he had knocked out Magali with a baseball bat. At 2 p.m., Monique went to buy two 25 kg bags of lime which would be used a few hours later to cover the body of her daughter-in-law.
In an attempt to explain how they were able to enter into such a plot, Jérôme Gaillard’s parents reiterated that, for weeks, he had been blackmailing them enormously when, ten years earlier, they had lost another son – the eldest – going through a divorce. They added that Jerome had verbally abused them for weeks, that they no longer slept.
In the office of the investigating judge of the judicial city of Rennes, emotion and truth swept away lies and contradictory versions. Jean, Monique and Jérôme fell into each other’s arms.
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