Appeal for harsher sentences for Condor crew

The family of the French fisherman killed when a Condor ferry stuck his boat in 2011, are waiting to find out if those responsible will receive harsher sentences.

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Wife of fisherman killed by Condor ferry could get €350,000 compensation

Wife and daughter of Philippe Lesaulnier

The widow of a French fisherman killed when his trawler was in a collision with a Condor ferry has gone to court in France to demand hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation.

The family of Philippe Lesaulnier have brought the civil claim against the company after he died in the accident involving the Condor Vitesse en route from St Malo to Jersey four years ago.

French fisherman Philippe Lesaulnier

In February, the court in Caen rejected an appeal for harsher sentences for the Condor crew, who were initially convicted for manslaughter in 2013.

Their lawyer, Mathieu Leclerc, says his widow can expect compensation totaling €350,000, and each of the couple’s four children €25,000 each.

Lawyers representing Condor have asked for the case to be adjourned so they can consider the official request for money. They say they had not been told how much was being asked for until today.

Family of French fisherman killed by Condor ferry slam appeal verdict

The family of Philippe Lesaulnier have described the appeal court ruling as an 'aberration of justice.'

They were reacting to the court's decision in Caen which rejected an appeal for harsher sentences for the Condor crew who were initially convicted for manslaughter in 2013.

We are disheartened, we just don't understand. We are so disappointed. The court did not judge this case fairly. It will always be a deep regret for us that justice was not done.

– Philippe Lesaulnier's wife Delphine

The court ruled that the 18 month suspended sentence given to the former Condor captain Paul Le Romancer should still stand.

The court also ruled that Condor's First Officer Yves Tournon should be completely cleared of manslaughter.

It was a devastating blow for the fisherman who owned the boat in which Philippe Lesaulnier lost his life.

'We felt hatred for Condor before, we still feel that hatred now. What is more, we feel hatred for the French legal system, which has failed us.'

The Prosecution's move to pursue harsher sentences is now something that Philippe Lesaulnier's family and friends now deeply regret.

The Prosecutor made a mistake by appealing against the first verdict. If he had not appealed, the conviction against the first officer would have stood. Now he has been cleared. It's just not right.

– Pascal Le Guillou

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Appeal against sentences given to Condor Captain and First Officer rejected

The Appeal for harsher sentences for Condor Captain and his First Officer have been rejected by court in Caen.

The First Officer has now been completely cleared of manslaughter.

Paul Le Romancer and Yves Tournon were handed suspended sentences in September 2013 for the manslaughter of Philippe Lesaulnier.

58-year-old Captain Paul Le Romancer was given a suspended sentence of 18 months.

First Officer Yves Tournon who is 48, was handed a suspended sentence of 12 months.

Condor crew face harsher sentences

The Condor crew struck Mr Lesaulnier's boat in 2011.

French prosecutors are due to appeal the sentences of a former Condor Captain and First Officer in Caen today.

Paul Le Romancer and Yves Tournon were handed suspended sentences in September 2013 for the manslaughter of Philippe Lesaulnier.

58-year-old Captain Paul Le Romancer was given a suspended sentence of 18 months.

First Officer Yves Tournon who is 48, was handed a suspended sentence of 12 months.

French fisherman Philippe Lesaulnier

The Condor Ferry crew struck and killed French fisherman Mr Lesaulnier in 2011.

Captain Paul Le Romancer was given a suspended sentence of 18 months.

Today, the two crew face harsher sentences. Prosecutors argue they should be given longer sentences.

The appeal was due to be heard on 12th January but the hearing was delayed until today.

Appeal for harsher sentences for Condor crew postponed

The remains of the boat hit by the Condor ferry

The family of the French fisherman killed when a Condor ferry stuck his boat in 2011, face a longer wait to know if those responsible will receive harsher sentences.

Prosecutors are appealing the sentences of 58-year-old Captain Paul Le Romancer and First Officer Yves Tournon, who is 48, arguing that they should be longer.

The were both convicted of the manslaughter of Philippe Lesaulnier and given suspended sentences of 18 months and 12 months respectively.

The crowded courtroom heard that the hearing is postponed until February 2.

Captain Paul Le Romancer

Condor ferry crew could face harsher sentences

The remains of the boat hit by the Condor ferry

The crew of a Condor ferry which struck and killed a French fishermen in 2011 could face harsher penalties today.

In October, 58-year-old Captain Paul Le Romancer and First Officer Yves Tournon who is 48, were convicted of the manslaughter of Philippe Lesaulnier and given suspended sentences of 18 months and 12 months respectively.

Today, prosecutors will appeal those sentences, arguing that they should be longer. If the appeal to a court in Caen is accepted, the case will move to a higher court in Paris.

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