FRENCH JEWELLER CHARGED WITH VOLUNTARY HOMICIDE – A group of angry protesters condemned the charge of voluntary homicide against Stephan Turk, aged 67, after his jewellery shop was robbed by two armed assailants; in which Mr. Turk killed one of the robbers as he fled.
Since the shooting Mr. Turk has been held under house arrest after killing Anthony Asli, 19, in last week’s raid on his jewellery shop in the French Riviera city of Nice.
During the robbery Mr. Asli’s accomplice managed to escape on a waiting motorbike but Mr. Asli was not so lucky and as he fled the shop Mr. Turk shot him at close range.
Protesters are up in arms over the decision to charge Mr. Turk for simply defending himself and his business. Whilst France has a relatively low gun crime rate authorities have noticed a sharp rise in armed robbery over the last few years and in particular those targeting jewellery shops.
French authorities insist that the law must be upheld and that they had no choice, regardless of how people feel about the incident, to charge Mr. Turk with voluntary homicide.
In support for Mr. Turk hundreds of protesters have hit the streets condemning the authorities and local jewelers have also voiced their concerns over the rising robbery rates that involve jewelers being targeted.
Mr. Turks son, Yan Turk made a statement to the press noting that the situation was a difficult one and in his father’s place others might have reacted in the same way.
Yan Turk went on to say that he didn’t condone what his father had done but the authorities must realized that this was a man who had been robbed, beaten and threatened with death.
Mr. Asli was well known to the French authorities after committing a string of offenses, including robbery. Mr. Asli was recently imprisoned and only freed a month ago in which he continued with his life of crime leading up to his death after robbing Mr. Turk.
Lawyers for the Alsi family made a statement on behalf of the family in which they condemned Mr. Asli for the robbery but felt that dying in these circumstances was completely wrong and therefore Mr. Turk should stand trial for their son’s death.
French police have confirmed that the robbery was carried out using a shotgun and that both accomplices were in possession of a firearm; the case continues.
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