Man gets 20 years jail for racist 'crusade'

25th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

LYON, May 24, 2007 (AFP) - A French court on Thursday sentenced a man who tried to kill two men with an axe and desecrated a Jewish cemetery during a 2004 racist "crusade" to 20 years behind bars.

LYON, May 24, 2007 (AFP) - A French court on Thursday sentenced a man who tried to kill two men with an axe and desecrated a Jewish cemetery during a 2004 racist "crusade" to 20 years behind bars.

In his August 2004 rampage in the eastern French town of Lyon, 27-year-old Mickael Tronchon, known as "Phineas" after a US neo-Nazi group, had attempted to kill a Frenchman of Algerian origin in his 30s and a Moroccan in his 70s.

"I am not a racist any more. I am not dangerous any more. I don't care whether you believe me or not. I'll prove it when I get out of prison," Tronchon told the Lyon court, adding "I'm stuck with the sentence you've given me."

During his four-day trial the defendant acknowledged his crimes, but repeatedly stated "I am no longer Phineas. I have changed."

He said he regretted his actions, but when he apologised to his victims following court orders he showed no emotion.


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