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Two on trial for homejacking in Nîmes in 2014

MidiLibre/Scoop, May 28

Two men of 23 and 28 are on trial this week for an incident which took place in 2014.

At 7:30 one evening, the men broke into a house in an exclusive area of Nîmes, and bound and gagged the resident, a supermarket owner. When his wife returned home an hour later, she was also bound and gagged.

The two men proceeded to burn the victims with bleach and caustic products used to clean drains, while they attempted to get access to the safe, jewellery and credit card numbers. After a three hour ordeal, the thieves left with just €1,400 worth of goods.

The couple had to have several months off work, and some reconstructive surgery.

The two men deny the charges, and defence lawyers Mes Bruno and Ferri will plead for their acquittal, while Me Valérie Bach is acting on behalf of the victims.

The court case is due to last three days.

[For those of you who might have sleepless nights reading this, it's worth saying that homejackings like these are thankfully very rare in the region. Ed]

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