A year ago, four men pounced on a 60-year-old business leader in the middle of the street to steal his watch. Still traumatized, he did not want to show his face. “The three grabbed me from behind, two grabbed my hands, one who was taller than me gave me a wrench, and I wasted five seconds later. When I regained consciousness, I was on the ground, nose down, knee, etc.”, He says. The police called his attackers the “Rolex gang”. In their rap clips, they showed off the stolen watches. A detail that allowed investigators to quickly identify them.
Members of the Rolex gang were sentenced on Friday February 19 to up to five years in prison for assaulting 14 people in less than a year. Some have avoided the worst, according to the lawyer for these victims, Axel Metzker: “Some of them lost consciousness. They had no after-effects, but the examining magistrate had said to one of the defendants ‘you are lucky that the gentleman does not have a heart, otherwise he would have died'”.
The lawyers of the 12 defendants pleaded the unconsciousness of their client. “They didn’t really know what they were doing, they felt more like they were living the life you see in video games, music videos, than real life.”, Explains one of the lawyers, Me Maxence Baldo. These attacks are committed by several groups, according to the police, who officiate in the Champs Elysées district.
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