Since the crimes were committed on the high seas, international waters, jurisdiction of prosecution should have been the Bahamas, where the ship was registered. My guess is the crew waived their rights and preferred to be prosecuted in France where a life sentence could mean 15 years and a 20 year sentence could mean much less as well. The prison conditions are probably much more brutal in the Bahamas.
One important factor overlooked in this story is that it is illegal to stowaway aboard a vehicle crossing international boundaries. Was Kingsley ever prosecuted? Since he was involved in encouraging others to follow him in committing the crime of being a stowaway, in many states he would have been charged with murder for the deaths of his fellow stowaways.
The most hilarious part is when the sailors where coming down to the girls and here go the the guy statement ‘ give me $5 sir, and he ask why? Answer bcos am black.😂🤣 love it