The decision of the Mossos that complicates the defense of Dani Alves

The Barcelona Court is preparing for what has already been baptized as The Trial of the Year, which in just four days and over three days will put footballer Dani Alves on the bench. for an alleged crime of sexual assault with penetration. The appointment is scheduled for next Monday, February 5, starting at 10:00 a.m.

At trial, it is expected that declare a total of 22 witnesses including Alves himself, as well as experts who will explain the victim’s medical reports and the damages he suffered. Images captured at the door of the nightclub and by Mossos d’Esquadra agents who came to assist the woman will also be shown. But most of all, she will show up a battery of evidence that would not have been preserved without the decisive action of the agents.

A simple sticker

The Mossos d’Esquadra They preserved the Sutton nightclub bathroom in which the alleged rape allegedly occurred committed by the footballer Dani Alves on the same night of the events. They did it two days before the 23-year-old girl reported the incident, on January 2. Placing that police seal – a simple sticker attached to the slot in the door that would have broken if someone opened it – guaranteed the researchers that no one would contaminate that space. Thus, the scientific police found biological evidence – remains of semen and fingerprints – that were decisive in accusing the footballer of rape and ruling out the thesis of consent. A simple seal on the toilet door was key in the accusation against the footballer.

Last July, after her investigation, the magistrate of the 15th Court of Instruction of Barcelona decided to prosecute the footballer for sexual assault and imposed a bail of 150,000 euros. And in this decision The biological remains and forensic reports were key.

They will also be viewed at the trial, the recordings from the private cameras allowed us to know what happened that night and coincide with the woman’s testimony. They show that Dani Alves convinced her to accompany him to another VIP room, which turned out to be a bathroom. For 17 minutes, neither of the two appears in the Sutton security images, so it is completely true that they were in a bathroom where the former Barcelona player could have insulted, hit and raped her, as she indicated in the statement. Alves, according to the victim’s lawyer, did not use a condom.

The footballer left the bathroom and went to the bar to order a drink. The young woman, visibly affected, also went to the bar where her cousin and her friend were to whisper in their ears what had happened. The woman reported what happened to the nightclub’s security personnel, who activated the relevant protocol in these cases and notified the Catalan police.

He Rapid night service from a unit specialized in sexual crimes allowed the evidence in the case to be preserved. “Luckily she left the club in an ambulance and went straight to the Central Sexual Assault Unit (UCAS). So unlike most victims of sexual violence, who, out of disgust, wash her underwear, she didn’t have time to think about it. She was quickly attended to and the evidence was collected,” according to the young woman’s lawyer. The lawyer assures that the young woman, 23 years old, did not drink alcohol the night of the alleged attack, which “it facilitated memories of the episode.” Many victims due to her drunken state have gaps but she remembered everything from beginning to end.

The evidence could have disappeared

That quick work of the agents prevented crucial evidence from being deleted or contaminated. Months can pass between the rape and the report due to the mental state or fear of the victim and this sometimes means that evidence is lost. For this reason, the UCAS begins to investigate sexual assaults as soon as it becomes aware of them, ex officio, without waiting for the victim to file a complaint, which will be essential to judicially prosecute the crime.

For this reason, the Scientific Police agents immediately beganor to analyze the cabin where the attack occurred. The same night of the events, the agents found up to seven fingerprints of the victim and traces of semen on the floor. The victim reported on January 2. Days later, it was confirmed that the remains of semen found inside the victim had the same genetic profile as the sample provided by the Brazilian soccer player. Also those found on the victim’s dress and on the bathroom floor of the nightclub where the attack theoretically occurred.

Those Biological remains would have been lost if the bathroom had not been sealed: other people would have entered to use it and, above all, maintenance workers would have cleaned it hours later. Nails evidence that forced Alves to change his version and admit that there was penetration. However, his defense insists on playing the card of consent and – in a final twist – that of alcohol as a mitigating circumstance.

Thanks to this “shielding”, fingerprints, DNA evidence and the victim’s wound greatly complicate his defense. Perhaps for this reason, the soccer player’s lawyer is working at full speed to achieve a compliance agreement that allows her client to avoid the bench. Negotiations have been resumed and neither party rules out the possibility of an agreement “in extremis.”