PostedJanuary 14, 2022, 11:28 PM
The 36-year-old man, a repeat offender, was convicted of the murder in 2019 of a kebab server from Noisy-le-Grand, in Seine-Saint-Denis.
His sandwich took too long to come: the Seine-Saint-Denis Assize Court on Friday sentenced a 36-year-old repeat offender to 25 years in prison for the murder in 2019 of a kebab server. At the start of the evening, the court found El Hadji Bamba guilty of the murder of Mohamed Fares Ben Yahiaten, a Tunisian who arrived in France a year and a half ago, in August 2019 in a snack restaurant in Noisy-le-Grand.
She combined her prison sentence with a two-thirds security period. The murderer also received an obligation of care and a ban on carrying weapons for a period of fifteen years. Earlier in the day, the prosecution had requested 30 years in prison during an indictment that the accused listened to with his head buried in his knees.
“You must do justice in this case and your role is to protect society (…) There is no room for leniency in this case”, declared the general counsel to the court which judged since Tuesday El Hadji Bamba. On August 16, 2019, the man entered the heavily alcoholic snack restaurant Le Mistral and ordered a sandwich. The wait lasting too long for his taste, he gets angry with the waiters, becomes threatening.
Mohamed Fares Ben Yahiaten, a waiter in charge of preparing the pizzas that day, tries to calm him down and offers him a pizza instead of a sandwich. El Hadji Bamba gets carried away, threatens him with his handgun bought shortly before for 1000 euros on Snapchat. “Make me the sandwich or I’ll kill you,” he says. Then fire three times. Two 9mm bullets lodged in the victim’s body, one of which in the lungs. The employee dies on the spot.
The murderer already had 26 convictions on his criminal record: violence, driving without a license, theft, death threats, possession of narcotics… A pedigree such that it took ten minutes for the president of the court to shell it at the opening of the hearing.
“Someone who is aware of their violence problem is someone who can be helped. Someone who denies this problem, who passes it on to others, is a repeat offender, ”said the Advocate General in her indictment. Locked down since the facts, El Hadji Bamba had previously made five stays in prison, the first while he was still a minor.
Shaved head, full black beard, the accused was known locally for his violent behavior. The restaurant’s waiters had also received instructions from their boss to “give a free sandwich from time to time” to El Hadji Bamba, to “not have any problems”. “He thinks he’s a boss when he’s barely the small knock in the corner,” commented at the bar the police captain who arrested him five days after the tragedy.
“There was a lot of expectation in the context of this trial, understandable expectations on the part of the family who needed to understand”, reacted to AFP his lawyer Lucie Mongne, regretting that his client did not have not able during the debates to find the words to explain his impulsive and fatal gesture. “I think that’s what led to the heaviness of these requisitions and this sentence,” she said.
Aged 29, the server killed, Mohamed Fares Ben Yahiaten, was destined for a career as a welding diver. His swimming skills had enabled him to survive a shipwreck, during a first attempt to cross the Mediterranean on a boat, before joining France on a tourist visa. The news of his death reached his family in Tunisia in the middle of his little sister’s wedding party in Djerba, more than 2000 kilometers from Noisy-le-Grand, immediately ending the festivities.