Trintignant family appeal Cantat jail term

19th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

VILNIUS, April 19 (AFP) - The family of French actress Marie Trintignant, beaten to death last year by her boyfriend, singer Bertrand Cantat, on Monday appealed against his eight-year prison sentence.

VILNIUS, April 19 (AFP) - The family of French actress Marie Trintignant, beaten to death last year by her boyfriend, singer Bertrand Cantat, on Monday appealed against his eight-year prison sentence.

"The court mitigated Cantat's sentence, without serious grounds," family lawyer Kazimieras Motieka said in a statement to a Vilnius court.

"We ask for the court to change its decision and to increase the sentence," he said.

Cantat, the 40-year-old lead singer of the group Noir Desir, was handed down the eight-year sentence on March 29, after he was found guilty 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.

Motieka said that under Lithuanian law the sentence was calculated on the basis of the average sentence - half way between the maximum and minimum sentence for a particular crime.

"Our laws provide that the count starts from the medium sentence, which in this case was 10 years of imprisonment, and allows it to be cut or increased if there are extenuating or aggravating circumstances," Motieka told AFP.

"There are no such circumstances in this case in our opinion and that means that there is no reason to mitigate the sentence," Motieka added.

He said that appeal hearing was expected to be held in around a month's time.

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