The 52-year-old had previously been sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempted poisoning.
Already sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempted poisoning, Olivier Cappelaere was sentenced this Friday by the Assize Court of the Alpes-Maritimes to life imprisonment with a security period of 22 years for poisoning , successful this time, of a nonagenarian.
The conviction is in accordance with the requisitions of the Advocate General, according to whom this crime is marked by “greed“.
Jacqueline Imbert, 92, a widow from Cannet (Alpes-Maritimes), had become “his dear godmother“, as the 52-year-old accused, currently in detention, explained during his trial before the Assize Court in Nice.
But it was he who was found guilty of poisoning her in 2014, causing her death with atropine, a powerful poison contained in certain eye drops.
Half a million euros, including life insurance
“Jacqueline Imbert died for nothing, only for the greed and venality of the one who killed her“, had insisted the Advocate General, Christophe Raffin, before claiming life imprisonment with a 22-year security sentence against the former entrepreneur, who was experiencing financial difficulties.
On the death of Mrs. Imbert, Mr. Cappelaere had become her universal legatee and had inherited 600,000 euros, including life insurance.
And the accused would not in fact be the first act of this type. A few months ago, Olivier Cappelaere had already been sentenced to 25 years in prison, on appeal, for an attempted poisoning on another retiree, after having been sentenced to 20 years at first instance, in 2019.
She had drunk mineral water in which the accused admitted having diluted his dog’s eye drops.
“The premeditation is there”
Regarding Jacqueline Imbert, “he programmed everything, the premeditation for me is there, there is no doubt“, pleaded Friday morning Me Ariane Kabsch, lawyer for the civil parties, referring to the victim, a woman who “had character” and “no suicidal thoughts“.
As for the accused, he would have in factbewitched his mind“: “The elderly are so afraid of death and loneliness that they will grab the perch that is offered to them, but they are wrong and Jacqueline has learned it the hard way.“, had continued the lawyer.
In her argument on Friday afternoon, Me Corinne Dreyfus Schmidt, Mr. Cappelaere’s lawyer, had called on her to avoid any “amalgambetween the two cases, calling on the jurors to “withstand the comfort of the pre-established“.
Denouncing an investigationfailing, marked by a total lack of investigation“, and a lawsuit”challenging, held in an electric atmosphere“, she reproached the prosecution for having wanted “denature at all costs» the agreement between Mr. Cappelaere and Jacqueline who, according to her, «was happy with this relationship“.