The case of the murder of 12-year-old Lola, whose body was found in a trunk on Friday October 14 in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, continues. The main suspect, Dahbia Benkired, was interviewed six times while in police custody. She has, in the meantime, been placed in pre-trial detention in Fresnes prison. She is being prosecuted for “murder of a minor under the age of 15”, but also for “rape with acts of torture and barbarism”.
His first hearing began on Saturday October 15 shortly before 5 p.m., the day of his arrest. His sixth and final audition began shortly after 6 p.m. the next day, as reported by Le Monde. Dahbia would have first multiplied the “fanciful versions” during his first 3 auditions. His statements would have been contradictory and incoherent, interspersed with “I don’t want to answer you”.
The main suspect would have repeated that she had never met Lola until the middle of her 4th audition, which took place on Sunday October 14. After being confronted with the photos of the child’s corpse several times, she begins to speak. She would have shown no emotion, no regret throughout her story.
The fifth audition will take place on the same day, Sunday, a few hours later in the afternoon. Dahbia will then come back to all the statements made during the previous hearing.
The more or less coherent account that she gives of the day of the drama during her fourth audition describes a rather banal morning…
The main suspect would have gotten up around 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. this Friday, October 14. She says she had breakfast with her sister, a resident of the same building as little Lola, and with whom Dahbia would have stayed at that time. She would then have gone for a walk in the neighborhood without a specific goal before taking the metro to the Champs-Élysées. She says she then returned to the 19th at the residence where the tragedy allegedly occurred.
Without a pass allowing her to access the elevator hall of the building, Dahbia B. says that she went to ask Lolade’s mother to lend her her pass, which would have slammed the door in her face. She then opens up about what she would have felt, and which seems revealing for the future: “From that moment I had hatred, I was not well”.
Lola would have been back from college at that time, around 3 p.m. That’s when the drama would have started.
The little girl would have opened the door to Dahbia using her pass before refusing to lend it to her. According to the suspect, she would then have forced the little one to get into the elevator with her. Dahbia then makes a quick and chilling allusion to the supposed sequence of events: “Everything that happened, it happened in the apartment. (…) Coming out with the briefcase, there was the victim in it. “
Dahbia’s story then continues, she says she forced the little girl into the apartment, where she says she hit her “a little”. The suspect repeats: “I was not well in fact I did what I had to do”. This fourth hearing ends with a reply from the main defendant who sends shivers down my spine: “I abused a little, just to have my pleasure and that’s it.”
She would then have described the violence done to the child, mentioned blows in the neck and back with a knife and scissors. She would also have explained that she had inscribed the famous numbers 1 and 0 on the feet of her victim with red nail polish, without bothering with an explanation concerning this last ritual.
Dahbia then asks the gendarmes for a break, and will return for her sixth and final hearing a few hours later.
From the start of her last hearing, the suspect reconsidered her statement. She allegedly claimed to have told them about a nightmare she had just had: “I had just woken up and decided to tell you this.”
Dahbia B. then delivers yet another version of the facts. She would have fought against the little girl who wanted her dead. When the police ask her why she would have been threatened, she replies that she does not really know, that she would be the target of many death threats “right now”.
The suspect would then have claimed never to have the courage to kill someone, concluding with “I’m not crazy … I have nothing to do with it.”