Earlier, before the sentence was announced, the 44-year-old said: “I just want to apologize to everybody,” before breaking down in sobs.
In 25 years imprisonment was sentenced today a 44-year-old womanwhich set fire to the building where he resided resulting in ten people losing their lives in February 2019.
Esia Boulares was found guilty by the Paris Court of Appeal of “destruction of another’s property, by fire causing death».
Based on the indictment, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
The woman, who was addicted to alcohol and drugs and suffered from serious psychological problems, admitted that she set fire to the second floor of the building where she lived, in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, on the night of February 4-5, 2019, on the occasion of an argument with her neighbor.
Toxic fumes and flames engulfed the eight-story, old building, where access was difficult, within nine minutes, trapping many of the residents in their apartments.
Essia Boulares will have the right to request the suspension of her sentence after serving two thirds, that is 16 years and eight months.
He must also be monitored by social services and receive treatment for 15 years. He has ten days to appeal the sentence.
“It is a very heavy penalty that leaves no hope for our client“, commented her lawyer, Sebastian Scapiras.
A woman who lived on the 8th floor of the building and was saved thanks to the intervention of the firemen, greeted her “heavy penalty“, considering that the treatment to which Boulares will undergo is “particularly important”to keep us all safe».
Earlier, before announcing the sentence, Boulares said: “I just want to apologize to everyonebefore sobbing.
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