French prosecutors on Friday known as for a 15-year jail sentence for certainly one of two Russian males accused of beating an English supporter throughout Euro 2016, an assault that left the sufferer with mind accidents.
One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, requested for the “authorized most… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who’s accused of throwing the primary punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.
Bache was injured within the violence that broke out earlier than England performed Russia within the southern French port metropolis of Marseille on June 11, 2016.
The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, is accused of throwing a chair on the sufferer, with prosecutors asking for a possible suspended sentence of as much as 5 years.
Ivkine has claimed he was defending himself.
“No, it wasn’t respectable self-defence, it was an illegitimate use of pressure towards Andrew Bache,” Raffin stated.
The court docket noticed video pictures, together with broadcasts from Russia At present and pictures filmed by Ivkine.
Ivkine, the second Spartak Moscow supporter within the dock, didn’t hit Bache.
The pictures present him throwing a chair, which barely grazes the sufferer.
Questions stay over the involvement of a 3rd attacker, a younger man in khaki Bermuda shorts and a light-weight T-shirt, who’s seen delivering a savage punch whereas the sufferer is mendacity lifeless on the bottom.
That attacker’s face was hidden by a surgical masks and he has by no means been recognized.
Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no reminiscence of the occasions and is just too frail to attend the trial.
His son Harry, who nurses his father, is in court docket.
Bache’s lawyer Olivier Rosato stated the pair had been “hooligan 2.0, completely happy to broadcast their exploits on social media.”
However Kossov’s authorized consultant Alain Duflot denied his consumer was a hooligan.
A medical professional within the case, Michel Blanc, who examined the sufferer in June 2018, two years after the occasions, stated on Thursday Bache had suffered “irreversible problems”.
Blanc stated that the punch delivered by Kossov to the again of Bache’s head “can not trigger a fracture of the cranium” just like the one proven “with a serious cerebral haemorrhage”.
“It could have induced a mind disconnect within the sufferer, like a knockout in boxing, a brief circuit,” stated Blanc, which might clarify why Bache fell ahead, like a rag doll, with out even defending his face.
The prosecution says the Russians had been a part of a bunch of about 150 males, many with martial arts coaching, who wrought havoc in Marseille.
Kossov and Ivkine had been arrested as they travelled by way of Germany following a Spartak Moscow fixture in Bilbao in February 2018, 20 months after Bache suffered his life-changing accidents.
They’ve already spent two years and three months in jail in France.
The decision is now anticipated on Monday after proceedings had been suspended for Friday.