A jury in Aix, southern France, on Wednesday returned guilty verdicts against four men for the May 6th, 2014, murder of the Monaco billionaire Hélène Pastor and Mohamed Darwich, her butler and driver. Three men were sentenced to life in prison, the fourth to 30 years behind bars.
Ratkowski is Hélène Pastor’s daughter. Over the five-week trial, the court witnessed her slow realisation that the man she adored was a crook and pathological liar who took out a contract for her mother’s murder. As Ratkowski testified on September 21st, “I’ve lost maman. I’ve lost Wojciech. I have nothing left.”
Pastor and Darwich were gunned down in an ambush as they left the hospital in Nice, where Pastor’s son Gildo was recovering from a stroke. The gunmen were amateurs from the housing projects in Marseille, who attacked Pastor in front of surveillance cameras. They both received life sentences.