Former Betis player Rubén Castro acquitted of breaking a restraining order

The Criminal Court number 11 of Seville has acquitted footballer Rubén Castro of the crime of breaking a precautionary measure of which the Prosecutor’s Office and the private prosecution accused him of allegedly breaching the prohibition to communicate and approach within 300 meters of your ex-partner.

The judgment considers that there is not enough evidence of prosecution to undermine the principle of presumption of innocence “And to achieve with full conviction an active and fraudulent conduct of the accused tending to breach the measure that weighed on him”, reported this Tuesday the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia.

The judge explains that in the oral hearing held in May 2017 against the former Betis player after the complaint for mistreatment filed by his ex-girlfriend, a witness proposed by the athlete’s defense related, without specifying the year, an event that occurred around 1.30 or 2.00 hours in the summer season. The witness did not specify the year and pointed out that the incident occurred in a beach area, specifically in a reserved area that the ex-partner wanted to access “to apologize” to the accused.

After that trial for mistreatment, in which the footballer, who is currently a member of FC Cartagena, was acquitted, the Prosecutor’s Office urged to investigate the alleged commission of a crime of breaking the restraining order issued in 2013 and once the testimony of the witness and friend of Rubén Castro.

In the oral hearing for this new case, the magistrate concludes that “absolutely each and every one of the testimonies is partial, hardly objective and impregnated with an evident subjective charge that lead the court to remarkably mistrust its content ”. In this way, the version of the accused and the friend who appeared as a witness “has nothing to do” with what was stated by his ex-girlfriend and the witness proposed by her who accompanied him when the events would have occurred, since “these are manifestly contradictory versions on the joint presence of the accused ”.

In the judgment of the magistrate, and by way of conclusion, the testimony offered by the witness in the trial of May 2017 “does not describe any action” of the defendant “aimed at allowing access that he reveals to his friend, this testimony generating a real doubt and reasonable on the terms in which the attempt “of the woman” to apologize “to the investigated ended.

The judge adds that, from the probative procedural perspective, “what we find” in the testimony of this witness “is a indication or suspicion of a provoked encounter“By the defendant’s ex-partner and that he accepts. The magistrate points out that there is not “sufficient evidence of the charge to undermine the principle of presumption of innocence and to achieve with full conviction an active and malicious conduct of the accused tending to breach the measure that weighed on him.”

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