By Matthew Gain
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Friday, April 29, 2022, the former owner of a bar-restaurant from Beg-Meil, to Fouesnant (Finistère), was back in front the criminal court of Quimper for consumption and drug trafficking.
On February 18, during his first appearance, the 48-year-old man had obtained a delay to prepare his defense.
He was already in custody as part of’another criminal proceeding, opened just under two years ago.
His arrest dates back to the first days of August 2020.
In this case, everything started fromjudicial information for rape and pimping. These facts had been denounced by his ex-companion.
The investigations revealed the defendant’s consumption of cocaine. This Friday, he did not challenge it in court.
I gained about 60g over a year. I was taking one gram a week. At the time, I had an overflowing activity. I worked in the evening. We had to hold on.
“It was the orgy”
He was also accused of having put cocaine available to its staff. There was no sale. It was free.
The bar-restaurant team had 18 employees. Many of them testified to this. Some described lines of cocaine being ready to use in the restrooms of the facility. “It was an orgy,” one told investigators.
Others reported that their former boss encouraged them to take cocaine at the end of the service. “That’s wrong,” retorted firmly the person concerned.
He admitted, however, that he gave a trace of cocaine to two of his employees. He also admitted that he could ask them to go to his supplier with envelopes of “300 to 400 euros”, specified Maud Le Neventhe president of the court.
“Not a generalized system”
The prosecutor Emmanuel Phelippeau noted that the establishment’s staff were not in conflict with the former boss. But all describe “a festive place in high season”. They also say cocaine use “was automatic and widespread.”
For the prosecution, the offense of incitement to the use of narcotics is fully constituted.
It is intolerable, especially for an employer who claims to be paternalistic.
“It was not a generalized system. It did not concern all the employees but only two or three”, maintained Mand Thierry Hillionthe defense attorney.
Three months in prison
He went on to describe “a man who got a bit lost personally and professionally. We are mainly dealing with a consumer. In pre-trial detention for nearly two years, he has a hard time living with this incarceration. His lawyer ended up asking for the detention to be lifted.
The court did not accede to his request, but pronounced a three-month prison sentence and three more months suspended.
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