Remes’ victim had been quoted as saying, “I just hope that I get to tell the court what I experienced, and how it hurt.” With Remes’ trial for attempted murder now underway, she finally has her chance and was in court to testify against him.
Patricia Lefranc, 48, told court members that she was, ‘determined to look him in the eye and show the jury what he has done to me’.
According to court documents, on December 1, 2009, Remes was waiting for Lefranc as she exited an elevator in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. Lefranc told the court that Remes – with whom she had terminated an affair – sprayed sulphuric acid all over her head and upper body. Remes was married with children at the time.
After the attack, Lefranc said she was convinced that she would die, but neighbors heard her screams and managed to get her to a nearby hospital. She remained in a coma for three months.
Lefranc has since undergone 86 operations for the injuries she sustained in the attack. She is not nearly done.
“I lost the sight in my left eye, and hearing in an ear – my right ring finger was amputated. By the time I got to my eightieth operation, I stopped counting.” Lefranc said.
Lefranc says that she has about twenty more operations to go – some related to the fact that the acid is still causing her body to break down.
“My nose is quietly shrinking away…” Lefranc described. Lefranc said her son’s school friends now regularly mock her
Remes does not dispute the fact that he disfigured Lefranc and has apologized for the attack. His defense is that he did not realize the sulphuric acid he sprayed ‘would have such a devastating effect.’ Oopsie.
“He did not just want to hurt me, he wanted me out of the way.” Lefranc said in response. “I hope Remes is convicted of attempted murder, and not just for assault and battery with torture.”
Remes’ trial continues.