Why it took so long is beyond me, but after months in custody a man from Marseille has admitted to a series of rapes, sexual assaults, and robberies, finally allowing the release of his twin brother.
Yoan Gomis, broke down in court before admitting it was he, and not his identical twin Elvin, who was guilty.
The brothers had been held in police custody for ten months in 2013, suspected of two rapes, three attempted rapes, one sexual assault, and numerous robberies.
But not even DNA testing could separate the two, after futile ID parades failed to conclusively distinguish which brother should be on trial.
Following the time in jail, Yoan admitted to committing the robberies but denied the sexually motivated attacks.
Prosecutors eventually worked out one difference between the pair they could use to get a positive ID from victims; a subtle speech impediment.
It worked and piled the pressure on Yoan, who on the first day of a five-day trial, finally confessed. His victims would ultimately have justice, as would his brother who had lost nearly a year of his life over crimes he did not commit.
Yoan did not own up sooner as a result of shame, saying “I was scared of how my mother, and other people, would look at me,”. Before adding “I was disgusted with myself. I just could not confess.”
Too bloody right he should feel shame for his horrid crimes. It may be late, but at least justice can now be doled out. Sentencing is expected on Friday.