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Woman who killed her rapist husband to protect her kids should NOT go to prison

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French prosecutor Eric Jallet told jurists the scarred mother-of-four “should not return to prison” for killing her husband, Daniel Polette.

Valerie Bacot, 40, was repeatedly raped and beaten by her husband
Valerie Bacot, 40, was repeatedly raped and beaten by her husbandCredit: TFI
Daniel Polette's body was found buried in thick woodlands
Daniel Polette’s body was found buried in thick woodlands
A verdict on Bacot's trial is expected on Friday
A verdict on Bacot’s trial is expected on FridayCredit: AFP

Bacot admitted to shooting Polette in the neck with a weapon hidden in their car then dumping his body in a forest with the help of her children.

Unvestigators established that Polette threatened to kill her if she refused prostituting herself, pointing a gun at her many times.

When Polette started questioning their 14-year old daughter Karline about her budding sexuality, Bacot said she decided that “this has to stop”.

On March 2016, Polette ordered his wife to undergo yet another sexual humiliation by a client.

But, she used a pistol that he kept in the car to kill him with a single bullet to the back of the neck while he was in the driver’s seat.

Bacot told the court she wanted to ensure her daughter wouldn’t suffer the same fate that she had. “I wanted to save her,” the mum added.

In dramatic scenes on Friday morning, state prosecutors urged the court to give Bacot a four-year suspended sentence.

“You must take into account the personality of the accused, Valérie Bacot – a victim all her life,” the lawyer said.

“So any sentence you decide should be reduced, scaled down.”

Bacot’s case has fuelled a nationwide debate in France about conjugal violence, and whether victims should be allowed to take the law into their own hands.

Polette, a lorry driver, lived with Bacot’s mother when he began raping her at the age of 12, the court heart.

He then spent three years in prison for sexual abuse charges before moving back in with Bacot and and her mother, Joëlle.

At 17, she fell pregnant with Polette’s child and was forced to live with her rapist after being booted out of the house by her mum.

Bacot's case has fuelled a nationwide debate about domestic violence
Bacot’s case has fuelled a nationwide debate about domestic violenceCredit: AFP
Polette began sexually abusing Bacot from the age of 12
Polette began sexually abusing Bacot from the age of 12Credit: AFP

She married Polette in 2008 and ended up having three more children with him.

Soon after, the victim arranged for Bacot to start sleeping with other men for money.

He would issue instructions to her via an earpiece he forced her to wear to make sure she complied with the demands of clients whom he charged between £17 and £43.

“Premeditated murder is by no means self-defense. It is a willingness to kill, premeditated, in a context of domestic violence. This court must apply the law,” Jallet said.

“But there are different things to take into account. The fact that she is beaten for so long, that she wanted to survive.”

Court was adjourned when Bacot suddenly fell ill.

Close to a million people have now signed a petition demanding the charges against her be dropped.

Polette, who was 61 at the time of his death on March 13 2016, died from a single bullet wound to the neck.

Bacot has admitted killing Polette, but in self-defence as he forced her to prostitute herself in the Peugeot People Carrier, close to their home in Saône-et-Loire.

The mother-of-four shot Polette “in the heat of the moment” after being abused by a client while prostituting.

The case also became a huge talking point when Bacot started a book about her ordeal in October 2018 – while she was on bail and awaiting trial.

In it, she described the violence and humiliation she suffered during her 25 years with Polette.

The book, Everyone Knew (Tout le monde savait,) was published last month, and immediately became a bestseller.

Promotion included a television interview of Bacot watched by some 4.5 million people.

She was compared to Jacqueline Sauvage, who was sentenced to ten years in 2012 for shooting dead her abusive husband, who she claimed had driven their son to suicide.

François Hollande, then the President of France, later gave Sauvage a full pardon,

Bacot is being defended by the same two lawyers who represented Sauvage, and they are using the case to highlight failings in social services.

Janine Bonaggiunta, one of the barristers, said: “The justice system remains too slow, not reactive enough and is not tough enough against conjugal violence .It is this that can lead a desperate woman to kill in order to survive.”

A verdict is expected to be handed down on Friday evening

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