Christophe Fauviah being led away by authorities
A retired French colonel (Christophe
Fauviau, pictured above) is accused of trying to boost his children’s tennis
results by drugging their opponents has admitted he spiked the water bottle
of rival player who later died in a car crash.
Christophe Fauviau, whose
daughter Valentine, 15, is one of France’s brightest prospects, made his confession
at the start of his trial. He is charged with the manslaughter of Alexandre
Lagardere by unintentionally causing him to fall asleep at the wheel of his
Fauviau, 46, is also accused
of administering toxic substances to 21 of Valentine’s opponents-and six of
his son's opponents. Fauviau, who faces up to 20 years
in jail, told the court he resorted to drugging opponents because he was permanently
being judged by his children’s performances on the tennis courts.
Other opponents suffered various
symptoms including weak knees, dizziness, nausea, and fainting. Some needed
hospital treatment. Fauviau was allegedly seen by one of his
intended victims tampering with his water bottle in the dressing room.
Tests revealed the presence of Temesta.
In court, Fauviau begged for
forgiveness from Lagardere’s family.
Sources: Colin Randall
in Paris, photo credit: AP