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The apologies and the explanations of Dino Scala, the rapist of Sambre, during his trial

France 2 broadcast this Monday, November 13, 2023, the very first episode of the “Sambre” series. It is inspired by the true story of the "Sambre rapist", Dino Scala, who was murdered. condemned in 2022 twenty years of criminal imprisonment.

Thirty years. This is the period of time during which Dino Scala, worker, father of a family, married man, seems well integrated into the world. in society – he even coached the local football team -, a sort of Mr. Everyman, friend to everyone, committed around fifty rapes, attempted rapes and #39;sexual assault. In addition to a similar mode of operation, the attacks, which took place between 1988 and 2018, have the common point of having been perpetrated around the Sambre river, located at the border between France and Belgium and beyond. proximity from the home of Dino Scala. An element which has also earned him his nickname “rapist of Sambre”.

While France 2 broadcasts on from this Monday, November 13, 2023 the Sambre series, which is inspired by his story, a little over a year ago, Dino Scala was condemned to death. à the maximum sentence of twenty years of criminal imprisonment, with certainty; two-thirds, by the North Assize Court. Just before the verdict, the "Sambre rapist" had however insisted on “I will apologize to the victims, Mr. President,” he simply said. before the court retired to deliberate. 

"I did not realize the seriousness of this decision. facts"

During his trial, Dino Scala also claimed that he would not do it again if he ever got out of prison, even assuring that it was "impossible". "I have caused too much misfortune around “from me,” he declared. And to justify himself: “When I attacked These people, I did not realize the seriousness of their actions. facts."

While the "Sambre rapist" will, on the other hand, provide only meager explanations on his passages to the act, Le Monderelays the fact that the psychiatrists and other psychologists who saw him described an angry man, full of frustrations and who believed he had never been recognized its true value, whether in the professional world, in one's married life or even in one's sporting life. These different attacks are seen by experts in particular as a rage to dominate. Still according to them, the victims would have had neither age nor face for him.

Forty rapes and sexual assaults recognized by Dino Scala

In July 2022, Dino Scala was arrested. judged for no less than 56 rapes and sexual assaults. In detail, Le MondeThere were 17 rapes, 12 attempted rapes and 27 assaults or attempted sexual assaults. &Agé 61 years old at the time of his trial, Dino Scala, who nevertheless admitted 40 facts among the 56 with which he was accused, was finally convicted. condemned and found guilty for 54 of them.

Dino Scala, soon back in court

Already; judged for 56 rapes and sexual assaults, Dino Scala would not have it all yet. done with justice. As indicated by Le Parisien, in May 2023, a judicial investigation, this time relating to 14 other cases, was carried out. opened. These would be old cases which have similarities with the fifty others for which the "Sambre rapist" has already Summer convicted in 2022. À To this day, the precise number of Dino Scala's victims remains unclear. "I have 56. For the moment," à This subject is the main interested party. during his trial.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116