Danny AlveyHis sentence will be known by the end of the month.
He has seen three days of oral hearings against him. A 23-year-old girl was accused of raping her In the early hours of December 31, 2022, in the bathroom of a club in Barcelona. For this reason, he remained in detention for more than a year.
The prosecutor's office and the prosecution maintain their sentence request: 9 years requires a lawyer. There should be 12 advocates for the complainant.
Alves' defense asked to be acquitted. or one year imprisonment for civil liability.
The former footballer was the last to testify at the trial. There he claimed that he had consensual sex with the young woman and cried that he was financially bankrupt.
“The World Fell On Me”Speaking in Spanish with a Portuguese accent, the former Barca defender said before the court that before the sentencing, it must decide whether or not to grant the temporary release requested by his defense lawyer until the verdict is known.
Over the three days of the trial, nearly thirty witnesses passed through the Barcelona court where public hearings were held. Last, Wednesday, February 7, ended at ten o'clock at night.
From the statements and evidence presented by the prosecutor's office, from the argument of the girl who denounced Alves, and from the lawyer defending the Brazilian, it is clear that the court's decision will not be easy.
Alves' case is the first media trial of a sex crime in Spain, which will be investigated under the new sexual freedom law. The so-called “Yes Yes Law” puts consent at the center of the debate to assess whether or not sexual conduct is a crime. But the “yes,” which the law deems essential in all physical intercourse, must be express, clear, and voluntary.
This is a very controversial point to clarify.
“She started dancing near me rubbing her parts with mine. Then he forgave the expression, bent over and began to be more intimate,” Alves said in his statement.
“He put his hand on me and started touching my parts. I thought there was sexual attraction I asked her if she needed to go to the bathroom. “He said yes, I didn't need to stress,” Alves said in response to questions from his defense attorney, who pointed to two aspects of his strategy: verifying it. The ex-footballer had drunk too much That night and at no other time did he force the will of the woman who reported him.
He had Alves' wife, Joanna Chance, testify, who said her husband came home that morning completely drunk.
Tears and mimicry
Dani Alves, during his testimony, did not leave a single picture of the chair he was sitting in, which, according to him, he accepted during the almost 20 minutes he was locked in the bathroom with the young woman.
The 24-year-old girl testified on the first day of the trial. She is separated from Alves by a screen so as not to exchange a glance with the accused, and the recording, which the audience makes as a routine, distorts her voice and pixelates her face.
Although Alves' entourage released the videos and the young woman's full name, the “yes only means yes” law insists that the victim's anonymity be protected.
In his statement, The girl has again complained that she was assaulted, humiliated, assaulted and raped by the former footballer.. He admitted that he passed the door separating the bathroom from the booth where he danced with Alves and his companions, not knowing what was on the other side. When she wanted to leave, the ex-player locked the door and abused her.
His version never changed. This was confirmed by a relative and a friend who were with her that night.
“He had a lean attitude.” They announced about Alves.
Nightclub workers, Mossos d'Esquadra agents – Catalan police – doctors and experts confirmed the young woman's complaint in the early hours of December 31, 2022 and in the hours following the attack. .
According to Catalan policeVideos – such as images from bowling alley cameras recorded by them after they were invited to the nightclub -, They “absolutely” support what appears to be the young woman's complaint And she repeated it during the trial.
“The symptoms agreed with what the victim said,” said doctors, forensics and psychologists, after the girl reported Alves' attack at a hospital clinic in Barcelona in the early hours of the morning.
In the months that followed, they listed, he suffered from sleep disturbances and a decline in his social relationships. “I also had symptoms of guilt and shame. One of the indicators is guilt,” they declared.
However, a psychiatrist provided by the former player's defense said “an anxiety disorder was confused with post-traumatic stress disorder”.
“Furthermore, they administered 0.25 mg of Tranchymazine, a very low dose of this drug, as he should have had a stronger drug as a result of what he experienced,” he criticized.
Without traces of violence: Expertise in favor of the football player
Other forensic experts pointed out that the young woman showed no signs of physical violence. From a medical point of view, it is only a blow to the knee that looks like a scratch caused by “friction”.
“There were no vaginal lesions,” they said. “The physical and gynecological examination was done in great detail and there was no ecchymosis (bruises) anywhere, although she said it hurt her a lot,” they added. The result of the objective examination of the forensic examination is inconsistent with the victim's story because no injury or irritation can be found anywhere.”
“There were no signs of violent intercourse. Makes me think the sex wasn't so traumatic,” declared another expert provided by the ex-footballer's defense.
As he was transferred from the courtroom to the Barcelona courtrooms in handcuffs on Wednesday night, his mother began to cry as she watched him pass.
About 40 kilometers from the Sutton nightclub where he was a VIP customer, Danny Alves is awaiting sentencing in the sex offenders' unit at Bryans 2 Correctional Centre.
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