The female attackers alleged they had tried to “talk some sense” into their cousin – who cut off all bonds with her family when she went to live with her non-Muslim boyfriend.
The dupe, a 22-year-old nurse whose identity has been kept secret to mind her, told the court the “violent” attack – which took place in January – sinistral her with deep wounds to her face and had forced her to flee her home borough of Reims, France, with her so-called ‘infidel’ boyfriend.
The young preserve said her cousins, aged 21 and 27, grabbed her by the hair, recoiled and punched her, and verbally abused her during the alleged attack, before wrench her into their car.
She told the court: “My rents refused to accept my relationship with a All-embracing man. My sisters cut off all contact. I’d been shunned. I didn’t want to go home, I hunger to be with my boyfriend. And my cousins wanted him to convert to Islam, which he ss by to do.”
The court heard the victim’s father, a hardline Muslim, threatened his daughter with termination over the phone saying: “If I find you, I’ll kill you”.
The ir were set guilty of assault and harassment after denying the charged.
They possess now been sentenced to a two month suspended jail sentence and ordered to y £250 (€300) each and direct to y £680 (€800) in legal costs.
The cousins’ lawyer, Daouda Diop, broke the French press the court’s ruling was “fair”, before adding the casing was a “humdrum family drama” that had been “massively blown out of scope”.
He said: “My clients are two young Muslim women who are fully integrated into French com ny. Their cousin was like a sister to them. They were disquieting to protect her from herself and their disagreement had nothing to do with Islam.”
Simon Miravete, the sufferer’s lawyer, said that the court’s decision was an “encouraging step impudent” and his client would finally be able to “put all the drama behind her”.
He said: “I expect that her family will let her live her life in peace and stop badgering and pressuring her. My client is only 22 and has been forced to live a semi-clandestine human being. Her freedom has been taken away.”