French rocker appeals actress murder sentence

18th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 18 (AFP) - French rock singer Bertrand Cantat, sentenced to eight years in prison by a Lithuanian court for beating to death his actress lover Marie Trintignant, launched an appeal on Tuesday, his French lawyer told AFP.

PARIS, May 18 (AFP) - French rock singer Bertrand Cantat, sentenced to eight years in prison by a Lithuanian court for beating to death his actress lover Marie Trintignant, launched an appeal on Tuesday, his French lawyer told AFP.

Cantat, the 40-year-old frontman for the group Noir Desir, was found guilty on March 29 of causing the death of Trintignant, 41, during a violent fight in their Vilnius hotel room last July.

Trintignant died nearly a week later on August 1 of swelling to the brain.Cantat's attorney Olivier Metzner did not explain why his client has decided to appeal.

The actress's family has also appealed the ruling, asking the court to increase the sentence.

Cantat faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

But the attorney for the Trintignant family, Georges Kiejman, hinted that the two sides might jointly decide to withdraw their appeals, which would avoid a new trial and leave the eight-year sentence in place.

"I was waiting for this move from Bertrand Cantat. We all were. But to tell you the truth, I don't think that either party wants to go through with an appeals trial," Kiejman told AFP.

Trintignant - the daughter of veteran French film star Jean-Louis Trintignant - had been in Vilnius to shoot a television movie about the French writer Colette, directed by her mother Nadine.

Cantat testified that he had slapped Trintignant hard four times in their hotel room when a row, sparked by jealousy, spun horribly out of control.

An autopsy concluded that the actress died from the blows.


© AFP

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