The Provincial Court of Almería has sentenced the Moroccan immigrant who a popular jury found guilty of breaking into his ex-partner’s house to threaten her and attack her with a large knife to sentences totaling four years and ten months in prison. The injured party’s 14-year-old daughter was at the home at the time of the events. The court has ordered her expulsion from the national territory for a period of five years.
The sentence includes the verdict of the popular jury, which declared it proven that the accused, 32 years old and in an irregular situation in Spain, maintained a romantic relationship with the victim for a year, although it ended at the end of 2020.
The members of the jury listened to both the victim’s statement and that of the witnesses and the agents who intervened to determine that on December 23, 2021, around 2:30 p.m., the accused showed up at the victim’s home in Antas. (Almería), where he repeatedly hit the blinds of some exterior windows with a glass bottle.
The woman was accompanied by a couple of friends and her teenage daughter, who took refuge in one of the bedrooms. Seeing that the victim did not open it, she broke down the door of the house and forcibly entered the house “in a threatening manner.” Once inside, he went to the kitchen, grabbed a 32-centimetre kitchen knife and walked towards the woman with the intention of intimidating her.
While she was in the grip of “great fear and anxiety”, she rushed at the victim and pushed her against a piece of furniture, which caused her to hit her shoulder and suffer minor injuries – the only extreme that did not have the unanimity of the jury and which was supported by a majority of eight votes.
For the events reported, he has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison and to pay a fine for the crime of breaking and entering with the use of violence, in which the aggravating circumstance of kinship occurs and which also entails a restraining order. 500 meters from his ex-partner for five years. In addition, he is sentenced to one year and four months in prison and another restraining order of 500 meters for five years for a crime of unconditional threats, as well as a fine for a crime of damage.
For the crime of mistreatment in the area of violence against women, he is sentenced to ten months in prison, deprivation of the right to own and carry weapons for two years and one month, and a 500-meter restraining order. for five years, for a crime of mistreatment in the area of violence against women.
However, the Court agrees to order the expulsion of the convicted person from the national territory, without him being able to return to Spain within a period of five years, given that the sentence is less than said time, he is in an irregular situation and lacks roots.
Finally, the accused will have to compensate the victim with 1,130.60 euros, an amount corresponding to the damage caused to the door and windows of his home.
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