Marie-Christine Bujold, the mother of little Jean-Patrick Géraud, was sentenced to a heavy sentence in France for a crime committed in Quebec. The father’s lawyer denounces the “serious failures” of Canadian justice.
25 years imprisonment: the sentence imposed by the French justice on a Quebec woman accused of having killed her own child in 2002. Three judges of the Assize Court of Paris have declared Marie-Christine Bujold guilty of the murder of Jean -Patrick Géraud, his three-year-old son.
The father of the child, Julien Géraud, is a French citizen. This allowed the Paris prosecutor’s office to lay charges, even though the events took place in Montreal. The trial, which took place in the absence of the accused, lasted only three days.
For Julien Géraud, the condemnation of Marie-Christine Bujold is an immense relief:
We finally managed to get the truth recognized. Mr. Géraud, who is the father of two young children, led a 16-year fight to charge his ex-spouse in France.
I was absolutely determined, he said. Only death could have made me stop.
Marie-Christine Bujold has never been charged in Quebec. In 2002, the pathologist responsible for the autopsy of Jean-Patrick Géraud declared that he could not determine with certainty the cause of death. In its report, the coroner had no choice but to conclude that there was an undisclosed
cause of death while pointing out its
Years later, a French pathologist and medical examiner arrived at radically different conclusions, noting clear signs of asphyxiation in Jean-Patrick’s lungs, and
formally concluding with drowning.
According to Julien Géraud’s lawyer, this French expertise was decisive for the judges. Ms. Florence Rault was very satisfied with the verdict but lamented the shortcomings of the investigation in Quebec and the lack of cooperation of the Canadian justice system.
In France, if it had happened like that, I would have made a trial for dysfunction of the service of justice. And I would have won.
The Department of Justice of Canada at the last minute refused to allow Quebec witnesses to testify by videoconference, particularly because Ms. Bujold is a Canadian citizen and the facts have come to light here.
A few days before the trial, Mr. Géraud tried to convince several Quebec witnesses to move, which was not possible. For Mr. Rault, it’s inexcusable.
I find that Canadian justice has been badly flawed and sabotaged a criminal investigation and that this sabotage amounts to covering a crime. It can not be said otherwise.