A 3-day trial centered on the allegation that former Brazil worldwide Dani Alves sexually assaulted a girl got here to a detailed in Barcelona on Wednesday after each the participant and his accuser testified. The trial started on Monday when Alves’ lawyer unsuccessfully argued in entrance of a three-judge panel that the case ought to be suspended. The accuser testified later that day behind closed doorways and her voice was distorted in an effort to guard her privateness and to keep away from seeing Alves in regards to the account that the pair met at an upscale nightclub and that she willingly entered a rest room with him. She alleges that when she wished to go away, he wouldn’t let her and proceeded to slap her, insult her and compelled right here to have sexual relations on the morning of Dec. 31, 2022.
Alves was detained on Jan. 20, 2023, in relation to the case and has been in jail since, as his requests for bail had been rejected as a result of the courtroom thought of him a flight danger. He has denied the allegations, first insisting that there was no sexual contact between him and the lady however later saying that there was a sexual encounter however that it was consensual. Alves mentioned he initially denied that there was sexual contact in an effort to avoid wasting his marriage.
A good friend and cousin of the accuser who was current the night time additionally testified on Monday that after the accuser exited the lavatory, she was distraught and mentioned that Alves “harm her badly,” per the Associated Press. The next day, cops that attended to the accuser mentioned that she was “drastically shaken” and feared that “no one would imagine her.” An officer additionally testified that the lady mentioned, “I do not need cash, I need justice.” On Wednesday, a former psychologist instructed the courtroom that the lady was affected by “post-traumatic” signs, which was disputed by a witness for the protection.
A good friend of Alves’ who was additionally on the nightclub, in the meantime, testified that he drank wine and whiskey, which Alves’ spouse additionally acknowledged when she instructed the courtroom on Tuesday that he got here residence “smelling of alcohol.” Alves’ good friend additionally mentioned the participant and the accuser had “chemistry” after they danced that night time and that he didn’t discover something incorrect with the lady after she left the lavatory.
Alves himself testified on Wednesday to once more deny the account and instructed the courtroom, “I’m not that kind of man; I’m not a violent man.”
A verdict might take weeks, which is customary in such instances. State prosecutors are asking for a nine-year jail sentence if convicted, whereas the accuser’s attorneys are searching for 12 years. Alves’ lawyer is asking for an acquittal and if discovered responsible, a one-year sentence plus $54,000 in compensation for the accuser.