In Eure, the leader of Pizza Manu was sentenced to 14 years in prison for rape

The leader of Pizza Manu was sentenced to 14 years in prison by the Court of Assizes in Evreux, on Thursday 5 May 2022.
The leader of Pizza Manu was sentenced to 14 years in prison by the Court of Assizes in Evreux, on Thursday 5 May 2022. (© Publihebdos)

A relief for the victims, Thursday, May 5, 2022. “We have been heard,” they rejoice in tears, surrounded by their spouses, brothers and sisters, and grandchildren at the end of the courtroom. After several hours of deliberation, the six jurors at the Court of Assizes in Évreux ruled: Jean-Claude Gorzela, 53, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison with a conviction for raping, sexually assaulting and harassing, from 2015 to 2018, four former employees of its Pizza Manu establishments, in Beuzeville and in Saint-Maclou, iEure. According to his lawyer, however, he intends to appeal.

14 years of criminal imprisonment, this is the sentence demanded by Advocate General Maître Mameri and obtained with registration in the case of perpetrators of sexual crimes, a 5-year exclusion sentence and the permanent ban on conducting business.

“Sense of omnipotence”

This judge had reconsidered the testimony of the four former employees.

We are on a path where the credibility of the victims, in my opinion, cannot be questioned. Is there a single victim? No, there are four over a period of time. First, we are at a very high level of gravity.

Master MameriAdvocate General

Master Mameri had described one “overdependence” victims of their employer because of their insecurities and their course of life with which he was familiar, and the “mode of operation” of the chief, which began with nicknames, continued with touch, and ended with giving himself “the right to cuissage as a feudal lord” on some of his employees. All added to one “sense of omnipotence” because the leader, after being questioned for the first time by the gendarmes in 2016, repeated the facts until 2018.

The public prosecutor had swept the version of the pizza maker, who claimed to have “extramarital affairs” with two of the employees, and denied the other facts: “These circumstances are not based on anything other than his allegations. No testimony confirms that they would have had seductive behavior, nothing that constitutes the substance of a sentimental relationship. And relatives of the victims say their physique got worse, not like when you start a love story. »

“Things I did not do”

Until the end of the trial, Jean-Claude Gorzela’s lawyer held his position. He emphasized in his argument that there was “insufficient evidence for Mr Gorzela’s sake. We have just the victim impact statements and the psychologists ‘reports. The defense also pointed to the victims’ insecurity on two dates. The Advocate General reasoned: at a distance, and this desire affects the memory. “

Just before the verdict in this trial, Jean-Claude Gorzela, who intends to appeal, stated: “If there are things I am guilty of, it is to be too tactile, to use words that could be perverse. To tell me, that I have a phrase for things I did not do really hurts. “

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After the verdict, the court sentenced the manager to pay damages and interest : € 20,000 and € 18,000 for the two victims of rape and € 10,000 and € 5,000 for the victims of sexual assault. As well as € 18,000 in legal costs in total.

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