Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Jonathann Daval was ordered to pay 165,000 euros in damages to his in-laws for the murder of his wife, Alexia. But what will become of the couple’s house, inherited from the victim’s grandmother, which is no longer under seal?
More than three and a half years after the murder of Alexia Fouillot, on the night of October 27 to 28, 2017, the case is still not over. On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, her husband and murderer Jonathann Daval was transferred to another prison – where he will serve the remainder of his sentence, 25 years of criminal imprisonment – as revealed by our colleagues from the Eastern Republican. Anyone who has been in solitary confinement for more than two years will therefore be transferred to a central house, where he can participate in collective activities with other detainees, and even work. Indeed, it is in this way that he intends to reimburse the sum he owes to his in-laws… On the same day, as Le Figaro had announced, the Vesoul Assize Court condemned Jonathann Daval to pay 165,000 euros in damages to the Fouillot family.
But with these new twists and turns, another question arises: what will happen to the residence, located in Gray-la-Ville in Haute-Saône, in which the Daval couple lived? If the family of the victim is sentimentally attached to this house, inherited from Alexia’s grandmother, it is all the same within these walls that the young woman succumbed to the blows of her husband. In June 2019, after the facts had been reconstituted, the home was placed under seal for the purposes of the investigation. This is now closed, the prosecutor decided to return the premises on February 22. “The keys will be handed over to the notary in charge of Alexia’s estate,” explained Maître Jean-Hubert Portejoie, lawyer for the parents of the victim, to the Republican East. But who is going to inherit the property?
Jean-Pierre and Isabelle Fouillot are now 50% owners, having recovered their daughter’s share of the house. As the perpetrators of femicide were deprived of an inheritance, Jonathann Daval was unable to recover his wife’s share. But he still keeps his own, and thus remains the owner of half of the residence purchased jointly with Alexia. Regarding the future of these walls, two scenarios are possible. “The guarantee fund, which will compensate the victims, will be able to turn against Jonathann Daval to seize his assets and cause the sale of the house at auction”, indicated our colleagues. In this configuration, neither the Fouillot family, nor the murderer, could obtain the residence. But there is another possibility: Alexia’s parents could ask to “leave the joint possession” and request the “preferential allocation” of the property. They would thus be declared exclusive owners, and would have to buy out Jonathann Daval’s share. This would therefore be deducted from the 165,000 euros in compensation he owed them.
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