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    French rugby star guilty of murder

    Marc Cecillon capped 46 times for France sent to jail for 20 years for the murder of his wife

    "His 20-year sentence was five years longer than that requested by the prosecution."

    "Cecillon shot his wife five times at point-blank range during a garden party "

    And why you might ask

    "I wanted the two of us to leave (the party) together"

    "(It was) argued that the incident happened while the former captain - described as "the calm man of rugby" - was in the grip of depression sparked by his retirement as a top sportsman."

    So people can change then


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    Not condoning what he did...but it does show that the transition from top sportsman to nobody in the real world must be difficult...only a few go on to become successful in something else..many take the road of mediocrity and become sportscasters in the ilk of Ritchie Benaud....

    Marc Cecillon won 46 caps for France

    Former French rugby captain Marc Cecillon has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for murdering his wife.
    Cecillon, 47, had admitted shooting his wife, Chantal, with a revolver at a party in 2004 but had denied murder.
    Cecillon, who won 46 caps for France between 1988 and 1995, said he was depressed and drunk at the time and did not intend to kill her.
    But the court in Isere found him guilty of murder, rather than the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.
    His 20-year sentence was five years longer than that requested by the prosecution.
    The case has received huge media coverage in France.
    'Crime of passion'
    Summing up on Friday, prosecutor Francoise Pavan-Dubois said Cecillon had not acted on the spur of the moment but had planned to kill his wife.
    Why did I shoot? It is a question I shall ask myself all my life


    Marc Cecillon in court



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    Cecillon shot his wife five times at point-blank range during a garden party in the town of Saint-Savin on 7 August 2004.
    He was reported to have arrived at the party drunk and slapped the hostess for no apparent reason before being asked to leave.
    Mrs Cecillon refused to leave with him, the court heard. He went home and returned shortly afterwards, when he pulled out a Magnum handgun and shot her in the presence of about 60 witnesses.
    "I wanted my wife to come back with me. I wanted the two of us to leave together," he said in court.
    "Why did I shoot? It is a question I shall ask myself all my life. I didn't plan anything. I wish I could understand."
    A dozen people struggled to overpower the 1.92m-tall (6ft 4in) sportsman before police arrived.
    Clemency plea
    His lawyers said it was a crime of passion, committed under the influence of alcohol.
    They argued that the incident happened while the former captain - described as "the calm man of rugby" - was in the grip of depression sparked by his retirement as a top sportsman.
    During an emotional intervention in court, Cecillon's 26-year-old daughter Angelique, who had not spoken to her father since the murder, began sobbing.
    "I don't think my father intended to kill my mother," she said.
    She then begged the jury to show clemency, telling them that she missed both her parents and that her father had already been punished enough.
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    David Beckham only has a couple of years left at most as a top player.

    I wonder if he'll give Posh Spice a seeing to when he's through?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster View Post
    ...Cecillon shot his wife five times at point-blank range during a garden party...

    ...He went home and returned shortly afterwards, when he pulled out a Magnum handgun and shot her in the presence of about 60 witnesses...

    ....His lawyers said it was a crime of passion, committed under the influence of alcohol...
    Crime of passion? He was drunk, went home, got his gun, came back and shot her 5 times, point blank.

    Hang the f*cker.

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    I can remember when it happened.Apparently he had to be told the next day that he shot and killed his wife,because he could not remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    Hang the f*cker. __________________

    that's a bit harsh RDN old chap

    come on now - if a fellow wants to get fucking wasted on the old looney juice and then go and empty the power of a revolver on some scheming two timing bitch then why the fuck not..

    are you a Chistian moralist or what ?
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