Tried Thursday, June 16 at the correctional court of Nîmes, the septuagenarian author of the shot on Zola was sentenced to four months in prison suspended.
The scene had moved until the Brigitte Bardot foundation, which alongside the SPA, therefore constituted a civil party. Thursday, June 16, 2022, a resident of Grau-du-Roi until then without history, appeared before the criminal court of Nîmes for act of cruelty towards an animal. This 70-year-old retiree was prosecuted for having, on April 22, 2020, fired a .22 long rifle at Zola, a neighbour’s little cat. The feline had escaped traumatized, the humerus fractured and the paw in blood.
During the hearing – suffocating (nearly 40 degrees in the courtroom!) – the senior appeared free. Leaning painfully on his cane, he tries, somehow, to start a defense. “All the cats in the neighborhood come to my house to do their excrement. I tried to scare one away with a slingshot. But never by shooting a rifle!”assures the respondent.
A bullet stuck in the bone of the animal
“Yet it was a 22 caliber long rifle bullet that got stuck in the animal’s bone!”replies the president. “No investigation has been made on my client’s weapon. There is therefore no evidence today that it is precisely his rifle that was used to injure this animal”insists in turn the defendant’s lawyer to request the release.
In the middle of the afternoon, the defendant with a clean criminal record is found guilty. He was given a four-month suspended prison sentence. He will also have to reimburse the veterinary expenses of the owner of Zola and pay €500 in damages to each of the animal protection associations.