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Swiss court finds Cécile Brossard guilty in murder of Edouard Stern

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Latest update : 2009-06-18

A Swiss court has found Cecile Brossard, who shot prominent French banker Edouard Stern dead during a latex-clad sado-masochistic sex session four years ago, guilty of murder. Brossard now faces a maximum of 20 years in jail.

AFP - A Swiss court on Wednesday found the lover of a prominent French banker, who shot her partner dead during a latex-clad sado-masochistic sex session four years ago, guilty of murder.

After a week-long trial, a jury at the high court in Geneva ruled that Cecile Brossard committed murder, denying the defence team's pleas for a crime of passion that would have automatically cut her sentence.

Brossard had pleaded guilty to killing Edouard Stern at the beginning of the trial, which exposed the lurid detail of their relationship and a tale of sex, power and money.

The verdict means that Brossard, who has already been detained for four years, will face a maximum of 20 years in jail when sentencing is discussed in court on Thursday.

Date created : 2009-06-17