Rosa Grilo sentenced to 25 years in prison for her husband's murder

in News · 04-03-2020 17:55:00 · 0 Comments

Defendant Rosa Grilo was on 3 March sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of her husband, triathlete Luís Grilo, while António Joaquim, also accused in the process, was sentenced to two years in prison with suspended sentence.

In the reading of the judgment, which took place in the Court of Loures, Lisbon district, the jury court (in addition to three judges, four citizens - jurors were chosen) sentenced Rosa Grilo to 24 years in prison for the qualified homicide in the consummate form of her husband, one year and 10 months in prison for desecrating the corpse and 18 months in prison for holding a prohibited weapon, which, in legal terms, resulted in a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

As for the accused António Joaquim, who had an extramarital relationship with Rosa Grilo, he was acquitted of the crime of murder, having been sentenced to two years in prison with a suspended sentence for possession of a prohibited weapon.

The defendants went to court accused of the murder of Luís Grilo in July 2018, at his home in Cachoeiras, in the municipality of Vila Franca de Xira, district of Lisbon.

In the accusation, the Public Ministry (MP) attributed António Joaquim the responsibility for the shooting, in the presence of Rosa Grilo, when the triathlete slept.

However, during the trial, the jury court made a non-substantial change in the facts, attributing the shooting to the accused.

The crime is said to have been committed so that they can assume the love relationship and benefit from the victim's assets - 500,000 Euros in compensation for various insurance and other amounts deposited in bank accounts held by Luís Grilo, in addition to housing.

Since September 2018, Rosa Grilo has been in preventive detention, while António Joaquim, who was subjected to an equal measure of coercion, was released on 6 December, 2019, after the panel of judges accepted an application presented by the defence asking for the revocation of the most severe coercion measure.

In the final allegations of the trial, on 26 November, 2019, the MP's attorney, Raul Farias, defended the sentences of 20 and a half years in jail before the defendants, claiming that both planned, outlined and executed a plan to kill the victim.


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