However, the defendant denied during the trial that he took the life of his 66-year-old wife in 2016. He claimed that his wife died of natural causes. The defendant’s lawyers said they would fight to the end to have their client’s innocence recognized.
However, the Geneva criminal court was not convinced by the defendant’s protestation of innocence. According to the judges, there are too many elements supporting the thesis of murder by asphyxiation.
First there are the injuries and wounds in the face and mouth of the deceased. According to the court, these can only have been caused by friction and pressure with a soft object. Added to this are the bruises on the woman’s arms and hands. According to the court, these injuries were caused by an attack by another person.
Finally, a 4.5 centimeter long down feather was found in the bronchi of the deceased. The judges determined that the victim sucked in the feather in a desperate attempt to breathe.
The accused’s relatives had appeared in large numbers to support the 71-year-old man in the process. Even the children of the deceased supported him. They considered it impossible that he could have committed such an act.