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Jonathann Daval trial: the accused is capable of having “impulsive and uncontrolled reactions” according to an expert psychologist

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Jonathann Daval, who admitted having violently hit and strangled his wife Alexia, is capable of having “impulsive and uncontrolled reactions”, according to an expert heard this Thursday on the fourth day of the trial before the Haute-Saône Assize Court .

He is capable of having “impulsive and uncontrolled reactions”, according to an expert heard this Thursday on the fourth day of the trial before the Haute-Saône Assize Court. “Jonathann Daval does not exist, he only exists according to the gaze of others,” noted psychologist Tony Arpin. He has a “chameleon personality”, “a bad image of himself” and “gives what you want him to be”, continued the expert who had met him three months after his arrest for the murder of his wife Alexia in October 2017.

The expert goes further by emphasizing that the accused is “not a man, he is a child”. “He cannot take responsibilities”, which his wife reproaches him, “therefore he runs away”.

“The narcissistic flaw”

On the night of the murder, Jonathann Daval explained that he had an argument with Alexia over his behavior. He admitted having violently hit and strangled her.
“He was ready to put up with a lot of things, but one word, one word surely sparked all the fury he had had in him for a long time,” said Tony Arpin.
If he feels that a situation will “escape him, he can have quite impulsive and uncontrolled reactions, it is the narcissistic flaw”, he adds.

One of the defendants’ lawyers, Me Randall Schwerdorffer, evokes a possible “pressure cooker effect” that the expert considers “quite possible”.

A frail and puny child, affected by significant deafness problems and speech delay until the age of 5, Jonathann will be a fragile teenager, bullied by his comrades when he will have to wear a corset for two years due to of scoliosis.

He suffers from the loss of his father, with whom he did not live, at the age of 12. Around this time, he developed obsessive-compulsive disorder, a condition often linked to past sexual assaults. On this subject, Tony Arpin believes that Jonathann Daval thus probably suffered a trauma in his early childhood, which he no longer remembers, probably of sexual origin.

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