Cecile Brossard, S&M mistress, convicted of murdering Edouard Stern during sadomasochistic sex
Telegraph.co.uk “The mistress of Edouard Stern, the billionaire banker, was found guilty of murder – and not the lesser crime of passion – for shooting him dead during a bout of sadomasochistic sex in his Geneva penthouse.
A jury at the high court in Geneva decided that Cécile Brossard, 40, had acted out of hatred and greed rather than passion when she shot the 50-year old friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy four times as he stood in a latex suit and mask.
Miss Brossard had pleaded guilty to killing France's 38th richest man at the beginning of the week-long trial, which exposed a lurid case of kinky sex, money and blackmail that has shocked Geneva's discreet old-money elite.
She had claimed that he had driven her to a moment of madness by tormenting her over a million-dollar gift that he decided to take back, exclaiming: "A million dollars is a lot of money to pay for a whore."
Her lawyers said that Mr. Stern, a hunter, had treated her as "human game" in the course of their turbulent four-year relationship and was a "manipulative pervert".
In Switzerland, "passionate murder" carries a sentence of between one and ten years.
The prosecutor conceded that the pair were tied by a mutual love and sex.
"But it is not love that killed him. It was hate and money," he said.
A lawyer for Mr. Stern's family said: "This woman is venomous. She is not a liar. She is the lie." He accused her of "incredible duplicity" by asking his children to release her the million dollars he had blocked just ten days after killing their father.
Miss Brossard made a final emotional appeal for clemency on Tuesday, apologising to his estranged wife and three children "from the bottom of my heart" and promising never to sully his memory.
"I am a woman who is desperately in love with a man and I remain so," she insisted.
In the verdict released on Wednesday, the jury acknowledged that Brossard was deeply distraught when she shot him twice in the head and twice in the torso at close range.
But they said she could not be excused, because she was "at least partially responsible" for her emotional state and the situation she was in, they said.
The verdict means that Miss Brossard, who has already been detained for four years, will face a maximum of 20 years in jail when sentencing is discussed in court today.
The more serious charge of premeditated murder was curiously dropped in February, in a move widely viewed as a compromise to prevent Miss Brossard from dragging top French public figures into the trial.”
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Cecile Brossard, S&M mistress, sentenced to eight years in jail for murder of Edouard Stern
June 18, 2009. In an update on the Cecile Brossard trial, the S&M mistress was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail today. She had faced up to twenty years after the Swiss jury found her guilty for the murder of her lover, and banking mogul, Edouard Stern.
The jury also ordered the destruction of sex toys and the latex rubber suit that Stern was wearing when Brossard shot and killed him during a sex game in his Geneva home. They also ordered the destruction of incriminating photos depicting Stern's sexual proclivities.
More than justice, it seems that the Swiss government wanted to put this whole affair behind them as rapidly as possible. As a member of an elite banking family, (owners of the private investment firm Banque Stern), Stern's less than tasteful predilections for bondage and group sex was considered to be a shameful mark that the prestigious industry did not want to bear.
Personal comment: This is the sort of thing that gives the BDSM subculture a bad name. Domme/Sub play can get out of control especially when money is involved as was alleged here. But what a waste of a beautiful man! Surely she had ways of getting back at him while he was in her thrall. It just proves again that while a latex suit may be waterproof it isn’t bulletproof! Sigh! Tanaquil knows Ms Brossard and said she has always been even tempered but strict with her Subs. However, in this case she was emotionally involved and apparently in need of money.