A man was indicted in Toulon as part of an investigation into bites, said Sunday, June 5, the Toulon prosecutor’s office. Spectators, who attended the night of Friday June 3 to Saturday June 4, on a beach in the Var, at the recording of a TF1 program, would have been victims. An investigating judge has opened a judicial investigation, in particular for “aggravated violence by weapon [la seringue] and by premeditation. The suspect, aged 20 and residing in Toulon, was thus placed in pre-trial detention, said the city prosecutor, Samuel Finielz.
About twenty spectators who attended the recording of the program “La Chanson de l’année” on the beaches of Mourillon, in Toulon, told the police that they had been victims of stings during the concert. “Several complaints have already been filed and others have not yet been formalized”said the prosecutor.
One of the victims, a security officer who worked on the site, was hospitalized. “She was unwell, but we have not yet been able to determine whether this discomfort was linked to a harmful substance introduced into the syringe or to the stressful situation she had just experienced”said the magistrate.
Multiplication of bites in France
These events led to crowd movements on the beach and the intervention of the police. Police officers, in an observation position, located the main suspect and arrested him and placed him in police custody with a second individual who was subsequently released, no charge being brought against him. against him, explained the representative of the prosecution.
The indicted was identified by two young women who reported to investigators that they had seen him with a syringe and that they had managed to prevent him from stinging them. They also claimed to have been victims of violence on his part.
“As the proceedings stand, the man fully disputes the facts, but, in view of the victims’ statements, the prosecution considered that there were sufficient charges to open a judicial investigation and present him to a judge”stated the prosecutor.
Mysterious needle sticks have multiplied in France lately, mainly in nightclubs. In this context, the Toulon public prosecutor’s office set up a protocol with the police and the gendarmerie for this type of attack a month ago. It provides for a forensic examination of the victims by a medical examiner, blood and urine samples as well as more precise capillary samples, within six weeks, to try to determine whether harmful products or substances had been inoculated into them. On Sunday, seven medical examinations had already been carried out, the results of which should be known next week.