Valentina's father and stepmother sentenced to 25 and 18 years in prison

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 21-04-2021 17:41:00 · 0 Comments

The Court of Leiria sentenced Valentina's father and stepmother to 25 years and 18 years and nine months of prison, respectively, for several crimes, including qualified homicide.

The Court of Leiria convicted, on 21 April, the father and stepmother of Valentina, respectively, for the crimes of murder, desecration of corpse, abuse of simulation of danger signs in co-authorship, and domestic violence, only for the defendant.

The prosecutor understood that, although it was the father who caused the injuries that led to Valentina's death, in Atouguia da Baleia, in the municipality of Peniche, his partner "did nothing to prevent it and had no impediment".

According to the autopsy report cited by the Public Ministry (MP), Valentina's death "was due to brain contusion with subarachnoid hemorrhage".

The couple hid Valentina's body in a forest area, in the Serra d'El Rei (Peniche municipality, Leiria district), and agreed the following day to alert the authorities to the child's "false disappearance".

For the MP, father and stepmother left Valentina "to agonize, in the presence of other minors, indifferent to the intense suffering of the same", there is no doubt that the stepmother collaborated in the father's action without promoting help to the minor or preventing the assaults.

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