A French Hunter identified as Julien Feral has been handed a two-year suspended jail sentence, and also, he was equally banned from hunting for the rest of his life, for fatally shooting a French-British man known as Morgan Keane sometime in 2020.
According to Julien, he had mistaken the deceased for a wild boar during his hunting exercise in December 2020. Meanwhile, the 35 year old Julien Feral who had barely enjoyed his France hunting licence for less than six months was eventually found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by the presiding Judge.
Recall that the deceased died in December 20220 after he was fatally shot in the chest, while he was reportedly hewing woods on his land close to Calvignac in the Lot, south-west in France. The UK Guardian reported that the deceased and his male sibling had lived at the aforementioned place following the death of their parents, father of British origin and mother of French origin, who both died in 2019 and 2016 respectively, before the unfortunate incident.
Julien who practically showed remorse for his action equally revealed that he decided to engage in hunting exercise as a way of getting his mind off the recent death of his daughter, who he said was killed by a drunk driver. It was indeed a horrible experience and devasting moment for Julien.
Meanwhile, the death of Morgan Keane sparked wide protest and outrage, with many questioning about the wider culture and equally the overall safety of hunting in the country. The story of his death was such a heartbreaking one as the prosecutors revealed how the bullet pierced through his heart and lungs, leaving him in such an excruciating pains as he drowned in his own blood, helplessly.
On the other hand, Julien Feral was not the only person convicted in the case as 51 year old Laurent Lapergue who was directing the hunting exercise involving Julien was handed an eighteen (18) months suspended jail sentence. Though he denied responsibility over the actions of Julien, but he was found guilty of same involuntary manslaughter and equally banned from hunting in the next five years.
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