After inventing a scenario where his wife would have been killed by a thief, a husband saw his version thwarted by the Fitbit bracelet whose data analysis led to the conclusion of femicide.
A connected bracelet allows you to do many things: control your heart rate, display your caloric expenditure, but also, more occasionally, to flush out criminals. This is what happened to Richard Dabate, sentenced on August 18 to 65 years in prison.
The case takes place in the United States, in the State of Connecticut, in December 2015, says Gizmodoin an article spotted by Slate. Richard Dabate leaves his home to go to work. He forgets his computer and turns back. When he arrives home, he comes across a burglar. The attacker will then tie up the man before killing his wife, Connie Dabate who remained at home, by shooting her.
Inconsistencies in the sequence of events with the recorded data
Richard Dabate then calls the police himself to describe the scene. Only problem, everything is wrong. And it is a connected object that will prove it. Connie Dabate wears a Fitbit watch on her wrist, which records her physical activity.
According to her husband’s version, the attack took place around 9 a.m. However, Connie Dabate’s connected bracelet continued to collect physical activity data until 10:05 a.m. With the help of this decisive element, Richard Dabate was able to be confused and accused of the murder of his wife, whom he had actually killed, in 2017. The verdict of his crime was rendered on August 18: he received a prison sentence of 65 years.
In recent years, connected objects have been used in legal cases. In 2018, a murder investigation also saw data from a Fitbit watch in California help solve the case. More recently, an Airtag helped unmask a baggage thief employed at a Florida airport.
3919: the telephone number for women victims of violence
The “3919”, “Violence Femmes Info”, is the national reference number for women victims of violence (conjugal, sexual, psychological, forced marriages, sexual mutilation, harassment…). It’s free and anonymous. It offers listening, informs and directs towards support and support systems. This number is managed by the National Women’s Solidarity Federation (FNSF).
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