A year after Dinah’s suicide, the justice closes the case without further action

FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP (FILES) In this file photo taken on October 24, 2021 members of the public hold a banner which reads as “Dinah Rest In Peace” as they participate in a white march in Mulhouse, eastern France in memory of Dinah, 14, who committed suicide after being harrassed by several teenagers for two years with racist and homophobic insults. (Photo by Frederick FLORIN / AFP)

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A white march in tribute to Dinah, 14, on October 24, 2021. The case was dismissed on September 30, 2022.

JUSTICE – Almost a year after the suicide of Dinah Gonthier, the prosecutor of Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) announced this Friday, September 30 the closing of the case. For their part, the family of the 14-year-old girl maintains that she was the victim of school harassment.

“For the prosecution, Dinah’s death is not the result of school harassment”explained the public prosecutor in Mulhouse Edwige Roux-Morizot, during a press conference.

The magistrate expressed herself with great caution and sensitivity, seeming to weigh each of her words concerning “diving into intimacy” of this young girl, made necessary by the two investigations to find the causes of death and for school harassment.

“Not all acts of investigation have been carried out. Dinah’s cell phone was not tapped on the wrong dates. They only looked at the last two months, and she was no longer in college at that time. You had to look at the year she was in fourth grade.reacted in Release Dinah’s mother, Samira Gonthier. “My daughter was bullied and it was proven. We saw it in the messages she received, with the students who testified. We didn’t wake up one morning saying « she is dead, we will say that she was harassed”. »

“Not insulted at all because of his sexual orientation”

After a first suicide attempt in March 2021, Dinah, educated in second class in Mulhouse, died at the family home in Kingersheim on the night of October 4 to 5, 2021.

His family filed a complaint the following month for ” harassment “, ” manslaughter “ or “incitement to suicide”, for events that took place between 2019 and 2021, when Dinah was in 4th and 3rd grade. She accused the college of not reacting to the situation.

“There were indeed some insults, but to which she responded without difficulty, but above all there was a suffering to leave a group that she formed with a certain number of friends” in 3rd grade, explained the Mulhouse prosecutor.

“There were (between her new group of friends and the old one) somewhat heated exchanges which made Dinah particularly very unhappy, but no objective element emerged which could be qualified as harassment”, she added. Moreover, the girl was not “not insulted at all because of his sexual orientation” nor of his interbreeding, also underlined the prosecutor.

“psychic imbalance”

Completed in April and presented to the family in May, the investigation, “objective, exhaustive, impartial and very complete” according to Edwige Roux-Morizot, with a total of one hundred people heard, made it possible to draw a fairly precise portrait of Dinah, a “brilliant young girl, absolutely not isolated” but also with a dark side, “a complex personality, with a psychic imbalance”.

“She had such a thirst for recognition that it was never enough, she was always unsatisfied”the magistrate noted.

Dinah’s family lawyer still has the option of filing an appeal with the public prosecutor or a complaint with civil action with an investigating judge. “We will think about it quietly”told AFP Me Laure Boutron-Marmion, who already “formally contest” the findings of the prosecution.

This unanswered classification announcement is “obviously disappointing” for Dinah’s family, for whom this constitutes “an additional ordeal, especially a few days before the anniversary of his death”reported the lawyer.

Dinah lived ” a trial “says the family lawyer

Me Boutron-Marmion denounces, on the part of the prosecution, a “vindictive reading of the file”whereas on the contrary, according to it, “the investigation shows clear facts of harassment”. “Many hearings were able to confirm the ordeal that Dinah was going through” et, “at this stage, the investigation shows a school with absent subscribers in the face of its distress”says the family lawyer, judging that “the parquet puts the cursor differently” on what constitutes harassment.

She sent on Wednesday a request for additional investigative actions, including the exploitation of Dinah’s phone when she was in 3rd grade. Edwige Roux-Morizot explained that she had chosen to communicate in a rather unusual way, on a classification without follow-up, “to the extent that an entire college has been stigmatized and the educational team named”.

The prosecutor also announced that“a soldier, who lives at the other end of France”and another person residing in Dijon, who had made death threats on social networks targeting Dinah college staff, had been identified and would be tried by the criminal court in March.

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