Lucía Pérez was 16 years old at the time of her death, on October 8, 2016.
Six and a half years after the death of Lucía Pérez, the Oral Criminal Court No. 2 of Mar del Plata convicted Matías Gabriel Farías (29) and Juan Pablo Offidani (48) in a second trial for the crime of abuse aggravated by the death of the adolescent.
The court, made up of Gustavo Fissore, Roberto Falcone and Alexis Simaz, read the verdict in a few minutes and unanimously determined that Farías is finally the author of the crime of sexual abuse with carnal access aggravated by the supply of narcotic drugs in a real contest with femicide, of so that he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In addition, the judges convicted Offidani as a secondary participant in the same crime and imposed a single sentence of 8 years in prison.
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In an abbreviated reading of an extensive ruling, which was broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Buenos Aires Supreme Court, the judges also asked to investigate the presence of “third parties” by virtue of what emerged from the forensic expertise carried out at the crime scene. , where human genetic traces not attributed to those involved in this trial were found.
The two defendants were sentenced for abusing and killing Lucía Pérez
Now, the TOC No. 2 of Mar del Plata ordered to unify the sentences, so that Farías was punished with a life sentence and Offidani, 15 years.
Facundo Gómez Urso, Pablo Viñas and Aldo Carnevale, from Mar del Plata Oral Criminal Court No. 1, had sentenced them to 8 years in prison for selling drugs outside the school that Lucía attended, but they had been acquitted of the rest of the charges, including that of sexual abuse and the death of the minor, which caused the Chamber of Cassation to annul the first debate in 2021 and ask to do it again, with the same evidence, without opening the file to new evidence.
Juan Pablo Offidani, in blue, and Matías Farías during the 2018 trial: now they were convicted of abusing and killing Lucía Pérez (Christian Heit)
In the vicinity of the courts, hundreds of women with flags, pennants and banners with the inscriptions of “Not One Less” gathered early in the morning to await the ruling of the second trial. The response, as soon as the sentence arrived, was a collective cry of relief, plain, hugs and a lot of emotion. Then it was the turn of the applause.
Judicial sources explained after the ruling that the judges based themselves on “20 points that were analyzed” globally, such as, for example, “the asymmetric relationship between the author (NdeR: Farías) and Lucía, the condition of the former as a drug dealer and consumer of the victim, and the monetary debt that the latter registered with the former at the time of the abuse.” They considered that “this affected Lucía’s free consent.”
Hundreds of women gathered outside the Mar del Plata courts and celebrated the conviction of the second trial for the death of Lucía Pérez (capture 0223)
In turn, regarding Offidani, the judges understood that his contribution “was marginal or secondary, given that he was not present when the abuse began its execution, nor at any time during its consummation.” And they added: “His contribution from him was limited to transferring them to the place where the abuse would take place.”
The court found it proven that the cause of Lucía’s death was “toxic asphyxiation caused by an excessive supply of cocaine by Matías Farías” and that “the victim’s death was not attributable to Offidani.”
Lucía’s death occurred after noon on Saturday, October 8, 2016, during a meeting with Farías in the small house that this marginal dealer rented in the Alfar neighborhood.
As it could be verified, during that morning, Pérez took cocaine and was abused by the main defendant. She died right there, in her bed, although later the defendants took her to a primary care room in the neighborhood, where a doctor confirmed her death.
The two convicted of the femicide of Lucía Pérez (Télam)
The judges adhered to the hypothesis put forward by the accusing party, prosecutor Leandro Arévalo, and the lawyers representing Lucía’s family, Verónica Heredia and Florencia Piermarini, who maintained throughout the oral debate, developed last February, that the girl was the victim of abuse.
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Unlike the previous court and what the defense of the defendants (who will probably present their respective appeals) raised, it is evident that these magistrates decided to give an approach to the case from the gender perspective that Lucía’s family, the accusing parties and a broad sector of the feminist collective, and important personalities from the national and provincial governments, including the President of the Nation himself, Alberto Fernández.
Prosecutor Leandro Arévalo, at the scene of the alleged crime: he requested a life sentence for Matías Farías (Télam)
For this reason, both parties had requested that Farias be punished with a sentence of life imprisonment for the crime of “sexual abuse with carnal access aggravated by resulting in the death of the offended person, by the supply of narcotic drugs and in the context of a gender violence, in an ideal competition with femicide”.
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