The judges Gustavo Fissore, Roberto Falcone and Alexis Simaz of the Oral Criminal Court (TOC) 2 of Mar del Plata Matías Farías was sentenced to life imprisonment for being the author of the femicide of Lucia Perezwhile John Paul Offidani was sentenced to eight years in jail for being a secondary participant.
After 2:30 p.m. and within the framework of a strong security operation at the Mar del Plata judicial headquarters, which included fencing and police presence, the magistrate gave an opinion on the second trial carried out in the seaside city for the femicide of a 16-year-old girlwhich occurred in October 2016.
The judges found Farías guilty of “sexual abuse with aggravated carnal access for resulting in the death of the offended person and for the supply of narcotic substances in an ideal competition with femicide”, as author.
As for Offidani, they condemned him for being secondary participant for “sexual abuse with carnal access aggravated by resulting in the death of the offended person and by the supply of narcotic substances.” It is worth noting that the 48-year-old man was granted a single sentence of 15 years in prison by having a previous penalty from the first trial for drug sale.
Before the start of the reading of the sentence, they arrived at the sixth room of the Court Lucia’s parents together with family, friends and people who accompanied the fight from the beginning of the trial. And as it was supposed, the defendants They were not in the courtroom and witnessed the sentence online. Farías from the prison of Florencio Varela and Offidani from Batan.
the first trial
The trial that began in February is the second for the same case, since the first one was carried out seven years ago, later annulled by the Chamber of Cassation, in 2020, after a series of appeals. It was because Room IV, made up of chambermaids Mario Kohan, Carlos Natiello and Fernando Mancini He said that first sentence was based “on intolerable prejudices and assumptions based on gender stereotypes.”
As in that first process, Matías Farías (29) and Juan Pablo Offidani (48) were the two men who occupied the bench of the accused, responsible for femicide of the young woman occurred in 2016.
The ruling that was published today was after a process in which the Court rejected a procedural nullity proposal signed by the defense, which requested the acquittal of the defendants. Meanwhile, throughout the process the same tests and theories that led the representatives of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the lawyers of the victim’s family to request a sentence of life imprisonment.
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The fact and the intervention of the president
The episode that ended with Perez’s murder occurred on October 8, 2016but everything had started a day before.
At least that’s how it was established throughout the investigation process, where it was reconstructed that Farías and Offidani had met the victim when they sold him marijuana outside a school. After the exchange, both kept in touch with Pérezby means of messages that remain in the file.
The following day, Saturday, October 8, the two men picked up Lucía in a van driven by Offidani to take her to the home of the other defendant. It was there that, according to the prosecution’s account, Farías sexually abused the victim after giving her cocaine.
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The experts and the autopsy revealed that this consumption caused the young woman a toxic suffocation that led to her death.
The defense request was acquittal, framing the fact as a consensual sexual relationship. The request for annulment of the process was also based on that, although another of the arguments was an intervention by the president Alberto Fernandez.
Alberto Fernández with the victim’s family
The femicide, which occurred in 2016, was one of those that motivated the movement to be launched on the streets Not one lesswhich every year shouts louder against sexist violence and the murder of women and dissidents.
On March 8, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the President received in Chapadmalal to the victim’s parents. The meeting became known after the official dissemination of the photo and a request for justice by the president.
“We must demand the search for justice for the femicide of Lucía Pérez. His mother, Marta Montero, and his father, Guillermo Pérez, have my commitment and absolute accompaniment in their fight, which keeps the demand for justice alive,” he wrote in his Twitter President.
The case of Lucía Pérez and a second trial to convict the two culprits
“During the meeting we held, I told them that They have the strength and presence of the Executive Power in this new trial that they have had to go through, after the scandalous acquittal of the defendants in 2018,” he said.
This point also motivated the annulment of the trial requested by the defense, when speaking of a “gross interference” that would affect the impartiality of the judges, according to what was recorded Clarion. However, the Justice considered that “they are not revealed as suitable (NdR: the words of the president) to affect impartiality“.
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