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An appeal court in central France sentenced Cécile Bourgeon and her ex-partner Berkane Makhlouf to 20 years in jail for the murder of Bourgeon’s daughter, Fiona, whose disappearance shocked the country in 2013.

Followingg a two-week appeal hearing in Puy-en-Velay, an all-woman jury found the pair guilty of the murder of the blonde, blue-eyed five-year-old.

In May 2013 Bourgeon, now 30, appealed for help in finding her daughter, saying she had disappeared from a park, but four months later she and Makhlouf, 36, admitted they had buried her in a forest, claiming she had died in an accident at home.

In 2016 a court found Makhlouf guilty of the murder, sentencing him to 20 years, but not Bourgeon, although it jailed her for five years for lying about the killing.

The appeal court found both guilty of murder, although the body has never been found.

Prosecutor Raphael Gentile de Sanesi described the couple as a pair of “torturers”, who had collaborated in the “continuous violence” suffered by the child during “the days and hours leading to her death”. Read More …

 

 

An appeal court in central France sentenced Cécile Bourgeon and her ex-partner Berkane Makhlouf to 20 years in jail for the murder of Bourgeon’s daughter, Fiona, whose disappearance shocked the country in 2013. Followingg a two-week appeal hearing in Puy-en-Velay, an all-woman jury found the pair guilty of the murder of the blonde, blue-eyed five-year-old. In May 2013 Bourgeon, now 30, appealed for help in finding her daughter, saying she had disappeared from a park, but four months later she and Makhlouf, 36, admitted they had buried her in a forest, claiming she had died in an accident at home. In 2016 a court found Makhlouf guilty of the murder, sentencing him to 20 years, but not Bourgeon, although it jailed her for five years for lying about the killing. The appeal court found both guilty of murder, although the body has never been found.