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Man accused of raping a 21-year-old girl in Chile is found guilty

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The Chilean justice declared Martín Padrenas guilty on Saturday of the rape of Antonia Barra, a 21-year-old girl who committed suicide after denouncing the facts, in a case that caused great commotion in the country.

A court in the city of Temuco (south) convicted Pradenas of two crimes of rape and five of sexual abuse between 2010 and 2019 against six women, one of them Barra.

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“It has been concluded unanimously that the acts of sexual abuse and rape of persons over 14 years of age have been proven,” Judge Leonel Torres said.

Barra’s case generated great commotion in Chile, especially among feminist groups.

“Antonia will no longer be here, she will not return, but the voice of the victims has been heard,” her mother, Marcela Parra, told the press.

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Of the six victims of Padrenas, three were minors and the others were under the influence of alcohol: “They could not decide, much less give their consent,” said the judge.

The sentence against Padrenas, 30, will be announced on August 26. The Prosecutor’s Office asks for 41 years in prison for him.

Justice did not initially order preventive detention against him, which generated an avalanche of repudiation on social networks, cacerolazos and protests in front of his house in Temuco.

The formalization hearing in July 2020 was followed by a million people through the Judicial Power website.

The case dates back to September 18, 2019 and has been reconstructed based on WhatsApp messages. Antonia Barra woke up in a cabin in Pucón with Martín Pradenas on top of her after attending a disco.


Source: Eluniverso

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