The Besançon Court of Appeal confirmed on Friday the conviction of Jonathann Daval, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for the murder of his wife Alexia in 2017, to pay nearly 160,000 euros in damages to the family of the victim.
The court, on the other hand, deemed “inadmissible” the requests for inheritance costs made by the parents of the young woman. Justice did not retain either the “media damage” invoked by Alexia’s family. She felt that the media coverage of this case had made “more painful and difficult their work of mourning”.
Jonathann Daval will have to pay 130,000 euros to Jean-Pierre and Isabelle Fouillot, Alexia’s parents, far from the 350,000 euros they initially claimed. The victim’s sister, Stéphanie Gay, her husband and their son will be respectively compensated up to 18,000 euros, 8,000 euros and 3,000 euros.
The Haute-Saône Assize Court had condemned Jonathann Daval on May 25, 2021 to pay 165,000 euros in damages to the relatives of his wife, a decision which the latter had appealed, considering this amount very insufficient.
The face of a grieving widower in the media
The members of Alexia’s family originally asked for around 800,000 euros, but the courts had dismissed the ten uncles and aunts of the young woman who had not demonstrated a “link of affection” with their niece.
Jonathann Daval strangled his wife Alexia on the night of October 27 to 28, 2017 at their home in Gray-la-Ville (Haute-Saône). The next day, he transported his body to a wood before setting it on fire and giving the alert, claiming that his wife had not returned from her jogging. Alexia’s body was found two days later.
For three months, Jonathann Daval had shown the face of a grieving widower in the media, before being confused, in the midst of the #MeToo wave. He had finally admitted to having voluntarily killed him.