The trail against José Bretón, who is accused of killing his children, Ruth and José in October 2011, has got underway
The prosecutor is calling for a 40 year sentence for the murder of the two children, six year old Ruth and two year old José. The accused denies the crime.
Jun 18, 2013 - 7:21 AM
The trail against José Bretón, who is accused of killing his children, Ruth and José in October 2011, has got underway with seven women and four men on the jury.
The prosecutor is calling for a 40 year prison sentence for the assassination of the two children, and the lawyer of his ex-wife also thinks that he wanted to kill the children and knew where to do it.
Bretón appeared calm in the court in the first day of proceedings yesterday. He wasn’t wearing handcuffs.
The case is complicated by a lack of DNA.
The children, 6 year old Ruth and 2 year old José, disappeared on October 8 2011, the father claims after he got distracted a Córdoba park where the children were playing. José Breton reported the disappearance of his children to the police on the same day.
At the time the father was immersed in a divorce from Ruth Ortiz, a vet who lives in Huelva. He was detained and accused of illegal detention and the simulation of a crime.
Earlier on the day the children disappeared, José Breton had picked them up from his sister’s house and took them at 1pm to the family Finca de las Quemadillas. There the children ate pizza, while Bretón burned some memories of his ex wife.
According to his statement to the police the children had a siesta and afterwards they went to the park.
At 6,40pm José Breton was denouncing their disappearance.
During the first day of the court case on Monday, the lawyer for an individual accusation, María del Reposo Carrero, described the death of the two children as an ‘atrocity’, and it was difficult for her to understand how a person is capable of killing his children.
‘This is not a case of a crazy man in prison. This is not the act of a lunatic, not of an impulse, not of fury, not of behaviour humanly understandable, as we are in the presence of a monster, an evil person’.
For the defence, lawyer José María Sánchez de Puerta, said that the indicted had been ‘crucified’ from the first moment and ‘condemned’ by public opinion in what was a parallel case which has marked his life’.
He said that people had called the defendant ‘a demon and Satan’ but, said the lawyer, he is not like that. He continued that the defendant cries and had consistently asked if I knew anything about the children. He ‘never’ spoke of them in the past, always in the present’.
The case continues
All the usual stereotypical stuff. Marriage on the rocks, custody battles, you name it, it has the lot.
Followed by the discovery of little bones in the bonfire, must be animal of course, probably sea bass . . .
But the paella munchers got him.
Thursday, 11 July 2013 12:05
THE trial against Jose Breton, accused of killing his two children, has finished.
Ruth, six, and Jose, two, were reported missing by their father on October 8 2011, in Cordoba.
He had the children for the weekend following separation from their mother.
Breton claimed that they had been snatched from a local park, but his story and his behaviour soon made the police suspect he was involved.
He was arrested 10 days later and has been in prison ever since.
The children’s remains were allegedly found on a bonfire at a property belonging to his parents.
An initial report said the remains were not human, but a later report in September 2012 claimed the opposite.
Although the bonfire was so hot it destroyed DNA evidence, other circumstances point to him having killed the children.
After more than 100 people had testified during the case, Breton was given a chance to speak and once again, claimed that he was innocent.
He is facing 40 years in prison, while his lawyer is asking for an acquittal.
The case will now be studied before a sentence is handed down by the judge.
Not much of a defence, is it ?@aiyoyo wrote:His lawyer argued for his acquittal saying Breton never spoke of his children in the past, always in the present.
Is the world poorer without such lawyer?
Perhaps he should represent another couple who always speak of their daughter in the past, and see if he wishes to change his argument.
Of Murder. He also made the false allegation of abduction.
Según ha podido saber ABC en primicia exclusiva, el jurado popular del caso Bretón ha declarado al padre de los niños Ruth y José desaparecidos en Córdoba culpable del asesinato de sus hijos, por el que el Ministerio Público y la acusación particular piden cuarenta años de prisión.
La decisión, unánime, —que ha sido comunicada oficialmente por el jurado al magistrado-presidente del tribunal, Pedro J. Vela, hacia las 11.30 de la mañana de este viernes— ha llegado en la cuarta jornada de deliberación de los nueve miembros que componen en jurado popular, siete mujeres y dos hombres. Todos han trabajado con «meticulosidad» frente a un objeto del veredicto compuesto por algo más de veinte hechos, sobre los que debían manifestar si están o no probados, tras el juicio que arrancó el 17 de junio.
ABC has been told in exclusive scoop, the Breton case jury declared the father of the missing children Ruth and Jose Cordoba guilty of the murder of the children, for which the prosecution and private prosecution asked forty years of prison .
The decision was unanimous,- which has been communicated officially by the jury to the judge-presiding judge, Peter J. Vela, around 11:30 am on Friday, has come on the fourth day of deliberation of the nine-member jury composed of seven women and two men. Everyone has worked with diligence on the verdict an argument, which is composed of more than twenty facts, on which they were to confirm whether or not proven after the trial which began on June 17.
In other words the jury have to spell out their decsions on 20 indidual points to justify their decision.
Were the bones human
Was petrol used to increased the heat in the fire, and so on.
An Inquisitorial system, which asks questions of everyone, including the jury, and attempts to find the facts. Totally unlike anything in the English system