Swiss psychiatrist says killing of French banker was "crime of love"

12th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Cecile Brossard's behaviour corresponds to a crime of passion, not murder, according to Swiss psychiatrist.

Geneva -- The behaviour of a Frenchwoman who has admitted to killing a prominent French banker during a sado-masochist session corresponds to a "crime of love," a psychiatrist told a Geneva court on Thursday.

Edouard Stern, 50, scion of one of France's wealthiest families and whose influential circle of friends included President Nicolas Sarkozy, was found dead in March 2005 wearing a latex suit, with two bullet holes in the head and two in the torso.

His lover, Cecile Brossard, has admitted to the killing at Stern's Geneva penthouse apartment, but her defence pleads that it was a "crime of passion" and not murder, as alleged by the prosecutors.

"The behaviour of Cecile Brossard at the moment of the killing corresponds to a crime of love," said Swiss psychiatrist Yves Gasser, who was called to the witness stand by Brossard's defence team.

"The symptoms are clear during the moment of the act: they correspond completely to what psychiatric literature describes as a crime of love," added Gasser, who had described Brossard as having a "lower than average IQ."

Brossard's defence team has argued that she was a pushed into committing a crime of passion by Stern, whom they alleged was an unscrupulous manipulator and sexual predator.

A crime of passion would fetch a maximum jail term of 10 years, half of the maximum sentence for murder.

A verdict is expected on June 19.

AFP / Expatica

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