Sixteen years in prison for the assault on a family in Cantallops during confinement

The Court of Girona has sentenced the three accused of assaulting the owners of a hotel in Cantallops (Alt Empordà) to sentences of between 12 years and 10 months and 16 years in prison on March 16, 2020, in full confinement. The court concludes that the three thieves are the authors of a crime of robbery with violence and intimidation in an inhabited house and with the use of a dangerous instrument in medial contest with a crime of illegal detention and two crimes of injury, with the aggravating circumstances of disguise and use of place. The sentence declares proven that the defendants went to the establishment aboard a rental vehicle and, once there, attacked the couple with a stick and a knife and, after collecting the loot, left them bound to be able to flee.

The ruling of the third section of the Girona Court, for which Judge Sonia Losada was the rapporteur, concludes that, around eight in the afternoon of March 16, 2020, the defendants took advantage of the fact that “it was already night and that The couple lived in an area “isolated and far from the center” of Cantallops to commit the robbery.” By mutual agreement and acting jointly, they went to the house located at the back of the hotel and waited hidden in the outside patio for the arrival of the owner “explains the court.

Three hooded and gloved

A short while later, the man came home from work, parked in the inner courtyard, and opened the garage door to go into the house. “At that moment, he was attacked from behind, and by surprise, by the three defendants who were hooded and wearing gloves,” says the sentence, which describes that the assailants beat the victim with their hands and with a wooden stick that one of them was wearing. Thus, they managed to knock him down and, with ropes, they tied his hands and feet behind his back. They also covered his mouth with duct tape.

Alerted by the screams, the woman ran outside. As she explained at the trial, she initially thought that her partner had accidentally fallen. “One of the defendants grabbed her by her hair and threw her to the ground, where he held her while she covered his mouth with duct tape and tied his hands and feet,” the court argues.


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Immobilized, the defendants dragged them into a room: “They placed a knife on the man’s back, as a threat, while they told both of them where the safe was.” The sentence relates that they also pulled the woman’s ear while they approached her with a knife and that they made a “superficial” cut. In addition, they scrambled the man’s fingers and hit his ribs.

The frightened victim told the thieves that they had money in an envelope. The assailants thus seized 800 euros. Afterwards, they collected jewelry, watches and other objects from the house and took another 200 euros from the car.

The thieves left the victims tied: “After verifying that the assailants had left the house, the woman managed to untie her hands, taking fifteen minutes, and then went directly to free her husband, having to cut the ties with scissors already he couldn’t do it with his hands”. Once released, they were able to call for help.

The court notes that, although there is no direct evidence of the facts, the circumstantial evidence is sufficient to undermine the presumption of innocence and convict the three defendants. Thus, the Court concludes that Ysidro Paredes, Antonio Bueno and Yoan René Tejada are the perpetrators of a crime of robbery with violence and intimidation in an inhabited house and with the use of a dangerous instrument in medial contest with a crime of illegal detention and two crimes of injuries , with the aggravating circumstances of disguise and use of position.

In fact, the room values ​​that, apart from being an isolated house, the thieves committed the robbery on the first day of confinement decreed by the pandemic: “Having decreed the state of alarm, there were movement restrictions, but what the house was in greater conditions of isolation since the hotel that the victims ran was closed to the public for the same reason.”

Rented car under real name

An aggravating circumstance but that, as stated in the sentence, has made it possible to identify the suspects and relate them to the robbery more easily. The court argues that there were so few vehicles circulating that the investigation has been able to determine which van was used by the thieves because a nearby camera caught it and, in addition, it skipped a speeding radar. With the license plate number, the investigators were able to follow the trail and find out that it was a rented vehicle in the name of one of the defendants. And, crossing the route of the van collected by the GPS and mobile phone data, they ended up reaching the other two defendants.

The court does not believe the exculpatory versions of the defendants. At trial, the defendant who rented the van explained that he had done so to pay off a debt he owed to his dealer. According to his version, he simply went to pick up and return the vehicle and also left his credit card with which he paid for the highway. However, the Court considers it “implausible”.

Aggravated by recidivism

The sentence also concludes that there is sufficient evidence to link the other two defendants with mobile phones that, at trial, they denied having.

The court sentences Yoan René Tejada to 16 years in prison (an aggravating circumstance of recidivism is added), Antonio Bueno to 14 years and 6 months and Ysidro Paredes to 12 years and 10 months (because he appreciates mitigating drug addiction and damage repair) . In addition, they must compensate the victims with 19,142.83 euros.

The sentence is not final and can be appealed by filing an appeal with the TSJC

Sixteen years in prison for the assault on a family in Cantallops during confinement