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Footballer Dani Alves Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

In a hearing in Barcelona, ​​footballer Dani Alves was sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison for the sexual assault of a young woman in the bathroom of a Sutton nightclub in Barcelona, ​​on the night of December 30, 2022.

In the sentence, notified this February 22, section 21 of the hearing sentenced Alves, who has already been in preventive detention for just over a year, to four and a half years in prison, five of supervised release and nine of removal from prison. victim.

In addition, he must compensate the victim with 150,000 euros. He was convicted of the crime of sexual assault.

(Also: Dani Alves: inmate betrays him and details the plan he had to escape).

In the trial, which was held between February 5 and 7, the Prosecutor’s Office requested nine years in prison for Alves and the private prosecution, twelve.

The court, which applies the mitigating factor of reparation for the damage, concludes that it has been proven that Alves “suddenly grabbed” the victim, threw her to the ground and, preventing her from moving, raped her, “despite the fact that the complainant said that No, he wanted to leave.”

According to the hearing, “for the existence of sexual assault it is not necessary that physical injuries occur, nor that there be evidence of heroic opposition from the victim to having sexual relations.”

Before his sentencing, it was learned that Alves, the 40-year-old former soccer player, is under strict surveillance by Brians 2 security in Barcelona, ​​facing the possibility of an attempt on his life.

Some of the evidence against Alves in the trial was provided by the Mossos d’Esquadra, an entity that confirmed that the images from the security cameras of the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona “completely corroborate” the complaint of the young woman who accuses the former soccer player.

(Also: Dani Alves gives his definitive version during the trial: ‘I didn’t force her’)

A dozen Mossos agents testified that when they attended to the victim, she was in “shock”, she “broke down” when she gave details of the rape and was reluctant to report because she feared that she would not be believed or that her identity would be revealed. , while he made it clear to them that “he didn’t want money, just justice.”

(Read: The first photos of Dani Alves after a year in prison: trial against him began)

Dani Alves sitting in the dock moments after the trial against him began.

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EFE/ Alberto Estévez

Regarding Alves’ life in prison, it emerged that he has already completed a year in prison. He is in a module with other prisoners who have committed crimes against sexual freedom and has a cell to himself.

Meanwhile, a representative of Dani Alves’ victim and member of lawyer Ester García’s team, David Sáez, stated this Thursday that, although they still have to analyze the sentence that condemns the footballer, they are satisfied because their version has been recognized. and his suffering.

In statements to the press this Thursday before the Barcelona Palace of Justice after the notification of the sentence, Sáez detailed that they now have to “finish reviewing whether the complete content of the sentence, whether the severity of the sentence complies with the seriousness of the events that happened.”

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2024-02-22 09:44:37
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