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Lucas Hernandez avoids the prison box

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The French international of Bayern Munich Lucas Hernandez, sentenced in Spain to six months in prison for non-compliance with a removal measure after domestic violence, will not go to prison, the Spanish justice having accepted his appeal on Wednesday.

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« We consider that the appeal must be accepted and that the execution of the sentence of deprivation of liberty imposed on Lucas François Bernard Hernandez must be suspended “, Indicated in its decision the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid, on the eve of the deadline set by the justice for the voluntary entry into prison of the player.

This suspension of sentence remains, on the other hand, conditioned on the fact that the player, who will have to pay a fine of 96,000 euros, ” do not commit a new offense “During a period of four years, specified the court.

The decision is a relief for the player, but also for his club, since Hernandez, transferred from Atlético to Bayern in the summer of 2019 for 80 million euros, is the most expensive player in the history of the Bavarian club. and the entire Bundesliga.

This epilogue is also excellent news for the France team, of which Hernandez is one of the pillars.

In their judgment, the three magistrates justify their decision to suspend the sentence by stressing that ” we can’t ignore that the person he couldn’t get near “, In this case his wife,” consented to this reconciliation ».

Bumps and scratches

They also claim that since the finding of non-compliance with this removal measure, in June 2017, Lucas Hernandez has not been guilty of ” no new criminal act, which leads us to consider that at this stage, it is not necessary for him to carry out the sentence in order to avoid committing an offense ».

Finally, the court said to have taken note of the fact that the player lives with his wife and their son ” without knowledge of new incidents between them ».

French defender Lucas Hernandez with his wife Amelia Llorente during the player’s presentation to Bayern on July 8, 2019 in Munich Christof STACHE AFP/Archives

The case initially dates back to February 3, 2017.

The one who was not yet world champion with the Blues, then aged 21, and his partner Amelia Lorente had come to blows, exchanging blows and scratches in front of their home in Madrid at dawn.

She had hit and scratched him before scratching his car with keystrokes, while the player had hit him in the ribs, back, jaw and lips, according to the judgment consulted by AFP.

“Repeat offender”

They had both been sentenced at the end of February 2017 to the same sentence by a court in Madrid for ” domestic violence »: 31 days of community service accompanied by a six-month ban on approaching within 500 meters of each other and communicating.

But four months later, in June 2017, when they returned from their honeymoon in the United States, where they had married, the player was arrested at Madrid airport for not having respected this measure of remoteness.

Incongruous fact: his wife, with whom he had since had a child born in 2018, had not been arrested, because this measure had not yet been formally notified to him.

Placed a few hours in police custody, the footballer, who was playing at Atlético Madrid at the time, was finally sentenced, in 2019, to six months in prison.

He appealed, but the justice initially refused in mid-October to adjust his sentence, as is generally the case in Spain for people sentenced to less than two years in prison and with a clean criminal record.

Lucas Hernandez during the Nations League semi-final between France and Belgium on October 7, 2021 in Turin
Lucas Hernandez during the Nations League semi-final between France and Belgium on October 7, 2021 in Turin FRANCK FIFE AFP/Archives

The court in charge of the case had, in fact, emphasized that the footballer was a ” recidivist “Due to his 2017 conviction for” domestic violence injuries “, Of that of 2019 for non-compliance with the expulsion measure, but also of a” other conviction ” for ” domestic violence », Pronounced by a court of Mostoles, city of the suburbs of Madrid, of which the details and the date were not communicated.

Hernandez introduced himself ” voluntarily »On October 18, one day before his summons, before a Madrid court, which had given him ten days, ie until October 28, to go to a prison and be imprisoned there.

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