After a compromise between the defense and prosecution, the trial of two young men accused in sexually abusing a young girl who was unconscious while recording it with a cell phone led to a consent agreement. Each defendant will receive less than three years imprisonment.
Manel R.B. and Braulio L.S. were sentenced accordingly. Braulio S. and Manel R.B., both in prison since December 2020, admitted to the facts and were sentenced in a conformity hearing at the fifth section of Pontevedra Provincial Court. They are based in Vigo.
Braulio L.S. Braulio L.S. was sentenced to 2 years, 7 and 15 months in prison for a crime of oral carnal abuse and to be a accomplice to a crime affecting privacy. He was also fined 540 euro and prohibited from contacting or communicating with the victim for eight years (once he's released from prison).
Manel R.B. was sentenced for his part. Manel R.B. was sentenced to 2 years, 3 months imprisonment as the author of two crimes of sexual abuse and one against privacy. He will also be fined 1,080 euros and banned from contacting or communicating with the victim for eight years.
Both must jointly and severally pay the victim in civil liability. They have however already contributed a portion of that compensation. Manel, on the other hand, has already paid 5,000 euros to Braulio and another 2,000 euros to Braulio. This is why the Prosecutor's Office modified his accusation by taking into account the mitigation and repair of the damage.
These events take place in the early hours on August 11, 2020. The victim was a friend of the two. After several drinks, they took a taxi to the apartment where one of the accused was staying. The young woman then lost consciousness.
The defendants used the fact that the girl couldn't defend herself to lay her on a mattress, take off her underwear and pants, and then groped her while recording everything with their mobile phones. .
They wanted to humiliate her and undermine her dignity. They slapped her buttocks, spat on and insulted her. One of them even put his penis into her mouth while the victim was still unconscious.
These abuses were recorded on the phone of one of them and then, for a brief period, it was shared with his friends and the victim's acquaintances via the social networking site Instagram.
The public ministry initially considered the two accused of continuing crime of sexual abuse and oral carnal acces, a crime against morality, and demanded sentences totaling 14 years for each. The sentence includes 7 months imprisonment. It also sought compensation for the victim, which was 25470 euros.