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Posted: 3/9/2006 11:43:59 AM EDT
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/03/09/france.tennis.trial.ap/index.html


Tennis dad jailed for drugging rivals

Thursday, March 9, 2006 Posted: 1811 GMT (0211 HKT)

MONT-DE-MARSAN, France (AP) -- A father who drugged his children's tennis opponents, leading to a player's death, was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted Thursday.

Christophe Fauviau had confessed to the crime during his trial in Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France.

The former military pilot was accused of spiking the water bottles of his children's opponents 27 times in tournaments across France from 2000 to 2003, using the anti-anxiety drug Temesta, which can cause drowsiness.

Prosecutor Serge Mackowiack had asked for a sentence of eight to 10 years in prison -- below the 20-year maximum for the charge of unintentionally causing death by administering toxic substances.

In asking for the lighter sentence, Mackowiack said Fauviau had been a good soldier and said he did not seek to kill or injure the players.

Still, the prosecutor described Fauviau as "an adult who turned his children into objects of his own fantasies of success" and whose actions were premeditated.

"Nothing stopped you: Players collapsing on the court, the sight of gurneys, of an 11-year-old girl, a young woman who collapses against a fence. Nothing stopped you," Mackowiack said.

Fauviau's 16-year-old daughter, Valentine, is a rising star in French tennis.

In tearful earlier testimony, Fauviau asked the parents of the victim, 25-year-old Alexandre Lagardere, for forgiveness.

"It's something that completely took me over, and I couldn't imagine that I could be responsible for the death of your son," he told the court last week. "I never wanted things to come out like this."

Opponents of Fauviau's daughter and son, Maxime, complained to investigators of suffering weakness, dizziness, nausea or fainting. Several were hospitalized.

In July 2003, Maxime Fauviau defeated Lagardere, who complained of fatigue after the match and slept for two hours. While driving home, Lagardere crashed his car and died, and police believe he fell asleep at the wheel.

Toxicology tests showed traces of Temesta in his system.

Fauviau, a former helicopter pilot instructor for the French army, has been in custody since his arrest in August 2003.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 11:49:18 AM EDT
He should be executed. Of course it is france and they don't believe in justice.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 11:50:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EvilDead:
He should be executed. Of course it is france and they don't believe in justice.


They will take away his wine and make him take a bath
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 11:51:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2006 11:51:53 AM EDT by deej86]
Get the fucker.

Link Posted: 3/9/2006 11:53:19 AM EDT


Parents whould not be allowed to have any parts whatsoever in their children's sports career, they should have to what at home on TV and not be allowed near events.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:00:00 PM EDT
I wonder if before the sentence was read the judge looked at the family of the dead tennis player and said "bend over".
8 friggin years for snuffing out a life.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:05:46 PM EDT
Wow, just wow. Talk about living vicariously through your children taken to the extreme. That is just horrible. I could care less if he didn't mean to kill his victim, that is unbelievably reckless, immoral, and just stupid. What the hell was he thinking?

Then again, I don't know why I'm even posting this. You can't use rationale to understand irrational people.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:10:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Belloc:
I wonder if before the sentence was read the judge looked at the family of the dead tennis player and said "bend over".
8 friggin years for snuffing out a life.



No doubt.


Well, he didn't "mean to" though!!!
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:10:39 PM EDT
Are you serious Clark?
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:27:37 PM EDT
That is France for ya. Look at that hostage deal over there. Losers.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:32:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Grunteled:

Originally Posted By Belloc:
I wonder if before the sentence was read the judge looked at the family of the dead tennis player and said "bend over".
8 friggin years for snuffing out a life.



No doubt.


Well, he didn't "mean to" though!!!




just as long as he didn't "mean to"

he should be flogged, hung, and impailed
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:33:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jmzd4:


he should be flogged, hung, and impailed



+1
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:37:57 PM EDT
I refuse to be shocked by the backasswardness of the Frogs.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:40:42 PM EDT
First anti-freeze in their wine and now this
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