THE Supreme Court overturned a ruling handed down by the High Court of Justice of Andalucia (TSJA) which reduced the sentence imposed on a man convicted of killing his girlfriend from 23 to 20 years.
According to the TSJA, the fact that the convict, identified as Javier B.R, had taken the victim to the hospital after causing her up to 200 injuries was a mitigating circumstance, since he tried to repair the damage done.
The Supreme Court, however, saw it differently. The judges arrived at the conclusion that the brutality that resulted in the unfortunate death of Monica Carrion, 18, was not compensated by the attempt to undo the damage inflicted.
Furthermore, Javier B.R took a long time before taking the deceased to the hospital, which was construed as meaning that he did not really intend to repair the damage.
According to the Supreme Court, the damage suffered by Monica Carrion was irreparable, which rendered any attempt to help her futile.
Javier B.R and Monica Carrion had started dating in 2010 and had lived together for a few months. During a quarrel between them on July 19, 2011, the convict started to assault the victim, to which she replied by biting and scratching him to defend herself.
Javier B.R, who knew full contact karate and kickboxing, kept assaulting the victim and hitting her in the head and face after she got out of the car and tried to run away.
A blow to the neck resulted in internal bleeding, cardiac arrest and death. Javier B.R then dragged her to the car, put her in the back seat and took her to Hospital Clinico de Granada, where doctors fruitlessly tried to save her life.
He was also sentenced to pay €198,000 in compensation to Monica Carrion’s parents and €18,000 to each of her three siblings.