Ex-Brazil soccer star Alves sentenced to greater than 4 years in jail for rape | EUROtoday

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A Spanish court docket on Thursday sentenced former Brazil worldwide Dani Alves to 4 and a half years in jail after discovering him responsible of raping a younger lady at a Barcelona nightclub in December 2022.

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It additionally ordered the three-time Champions League winner to 5 years probation after he serves his jail time period, and demanded he pay 150,000 euros ($162,000) in compensation to the sufferer.

“The victim did not consent and there is evidence that, beyond the complainant’s testimony, permits the rape to be considered proven,” the Barcelona court docket wrote in a press release.

“The court considers as proven the fact that the defendant abruptly grabbed the complainant, threw her to the ground and penetrated her vaginally, preventing her from moving, while the complainant said no and wanted to leave.”

Prosecutors had referred to as for a nine-year jail sentence for the 40-year-old adopted by 10 years of probation.

Alves, who testified at his trial that the intercourse with the lady was consensual, can enchantment.

One of the world’s most adorned footballers who performed for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain throughout a storied profession, Alves went on trial earlier this month on costs of raping a lady on the Sutton nightclub within the early hours of December 31, 2022.

His accuser — who testified behind a display screen to guard her identification — mentioned Alves had violently compelled her to have intercourse in a personal rest room of the nightclub regardless of her begging him to let her go, inflicting her “anguish and terror”, in accordance with prosecutors.

A pal who was together with her broke down in tears as she informed the court docket how the sufferer was “crying uncontrollably” after leaving the toilet, saying Alves had “really hurt” her.

Police officers who attended the lady informed the court docket in regards to the sufferer’s state of agitation and “shock” once they arrived on the nightclub, in addition to her nervousness that “nobody would believe her” if she filed a grievance.

Alves, who was current in court docket all through his three-day trial, testified that his sexual encounter with the lady was consensual and denied hitting her and grabbing her hair.

“I am not that type of man, I am not violent,” he informed the court docket after his defence lawyer requested if he had compelled her to have intercourse.

“If she wanted to leave, she could have left, she was not obligated to be there,” he added.

Alves’ pal who was with him that night time testified the soccer participant drank wine and whisky earlier than going to the nightclub.

His 31-year-old spouse Joana Sanz informed the court docket on Tuesday that he appeared very drunk when he acquired again to their Barcelona dwelling that night time and he or she had not wished to speak to him due to “the state he was in”.

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Alves, who comes from a poor household in Juazeiro in Brazil’s Bahia State, initially denied understanding the lady in a TV interview however later acknowledged having intercourse together with her, saying it was consensual. He informed La Vanguardia newspaper in June that he had lied as a result of he was afraid his spouse would depart him.

The participant has been in detention since he was arrested in Barcelona in January 2023. His requests to be launched on bail have been repeatedly denied by the courts which thought of him a flight threat due to his wealth.

Brazil doesn’t extradite its personal residents when they’re sentenced in different nations.

Alves is extensively thought of as one of many biggest defenders of all time, successful 42 trophies throughout a extremely profitable profession.

The peak of his profession was with Barcelona between 2008 and 2016 when he received 23 trophies. At the time of his arrest, he was contracted to Mexican membership Pumas UNAM. He was sacked quickly after being detained.