what we know about the inquest into the death of the 12-year-old schoolgirl

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The murder of the young 12-year-old girl, Lola, found in a plastic trunk in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, a completely sordid news item. The point on what we know of the investigation, three days after the discovery of the body of the schoolgirl.

Three days after the discovery of the lifeless body of a 12-year-old schoolgirl, Lola, in a trunk in Paris, here is what we know about the facts for which a 24-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man were indicted, Monday, October 17, and imprisoned.

Friday afternoon, Lola’s mother reports to the police station that her daughter has not returned from her school, the Georges-Brassens college, located in the 19th arrondissement, not far from her home.

“Guardian of the residence in which his family resides, the father of the child watched the video-protection images of the building”, on allowing to see “his daughter entering the hall of the building at the same time as a woman that he did not know” around 3:15 p.m., according to a press release from the Paris prosecutor, Laure Beccuau. “Then this same woman comes out of the building around 5 p.m. with heavy luggage,” continues the prosecutor.

A plastic crate

Around 11:15 p.m., a 42-year-old man discovered the body of the child in a plastic crate on wheels placed in the interior courtyard of the building.

In charge of the investigation, the criminal brigade of the Parisian judicial police identifies the main suspect: Dahbia B., a marginalized Algerian national in an irregular situation in France. In the footage, she is seen “handling the crate” containing Lola’s body. She was arrested on Saturday morning in Bois-Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine). Several other people who were in contact with her on the day of the events are also identified.

Lola died of asphyxiation, according to the autopsy which revealed “multiple other lesions” on the body and in the neck, but not “traumatic lesion of the sexual sphere”. “A zero and a 1 were inscribed in red under each of the victim’s feet,” the statement said.

“It doesn’t make me hot or cold”

During her police custody, Dahbia B. had “fluctuating statements […] oscillating between recognition and dispute of the facts”. She admitted having “dragged the victim to her sister’s apartment, living in the same building as the child, she would have forced him to take a shower before forming on her will qualify as sexual and other violence resulting in death and she allegedly concealed the body in the crate”.

In a document consulted by AFP, mention is made of the “incredible ease in taking action”, “of such an extremity” for “such a vain motive”.

“It doesn’t make me hot or cold,” she replied to the investigators who presented her with pictures of Lola’s body. “I too was raped and saw my parents die in front of me.”

An obligation to leave French territory in August

During her last hearings, Dahbia B. disputed the facts, saying that it was “impossible for her to kill a child”.

Her sister described her as “difficult to insert” and referred to “incoherent remarks” by Dahbia B. during “night awakenings last month”. The suspect suffers from mental disorders, but she is not known to psychiatric hospitals in Île-de-France, according to this document.

Dahbia B. was indicted for murder of a minor under the age of 15 accompanied by rape, torture or acts of barbarism, rape of a minor with torture and acts of barbarism. She was placed in pre-trial detention at the Fresnes remand center (Val-de-Marne).

Of Algerian origin, she was known to the police as a victim of domestic violence in 2018, we learned Monday from a source close to the investigation. The young woman entered France legally in 2016 with a student residence permit.

On August 21, 2022, she was arrested at a French airport for lack of a residence permit. An obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) was then issued to him automatically.

A second 43-year-old suspect indicted

A 43-year-old man was indicted for concealment of a corpse and placed under judicial supervision.

During his police custody, “former acquaintance of the suspect”, he admitted having transported her “at his request” with “two suitcases and the plastic crate” from Paris to his home in Asnières-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), on the outskirts. After welcoming her to his home “with the suitcases and the cash register”, he called two hours later “a VTC driver for her to return to Paris with the suitcases and the cash register”.

In addition to Dahbia B. and this man, four other people were taken into custody. This is a man to whom Dahbia B. would have offered “the sale of items contained in the box” on Friday afternoon, an individual who hosted her on the night of the events, the sister of the suspect and the homeless who discovered the box, details the prosecutor. All were released without prosecution.


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