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From Thomsen's fainting to the insults of family members: how the reading of the ruling for Fernando's crime was experienced in the courtroom


The trial for the murder of Báez Sosa came to an end, after 13 hearings, two days of arguments and a shocking closing.

Máximo Thomsen (23) harbored some hope when he stood up before the judges, because when in the voice of the secretary of the Court he heard the sentence that was due him, to life imprisonment, he began to stagger as if he had received a knockout blow to the head. jaw.

A moment later, he collapsed in the middle of his friends who were complicit in the murder of Fernando Báez Sosa (18).

It was his mother who warned him.

Rosalía Zárate called him:

"Machu, Machu, are you okay?"

she asked raising her voice.

From crying after breaking down upon hearing the sentence for his son he mutated into anger, and he grabbed the journalists ("get them out") in the room: "Three years torturing him, the whore who gave birth to them," he shouted.

The hearing had started normally, although a certain tension could be perceived in the tone of the father of Lucas Pertossi (23), Marcos, when he asked to vacate a row of desks to be placed with other relatives and when he told a prison officer that a young woman was for taking a photo, prohibited act in the room.

"Isn't it that you couldn't take pictures here?" he yelled.

It was when the transfer unit entered the eight defendants in single file, all with chinstraps and handcuffed behind their backs.

As every time, they unlocked their handcuffs and they sat down.

Every movement in the room can be seen through the transmission made by the YouTube channel of the Buenos Aires Supreme Court, a record number of hearings this January between arguments and verdict.

On the street, mobile media from all over the country and several from Paraguay, where Fernando's parents are from.

"It is the topic of the day, our country is pending," said Iván Leguizamón, ABC chronicler to this newspaper.

Everyone waited for news.

Inside the Court, the silence was categorical, of yapa the shutters of the three windows that overlook Belgrano avenue were closed;

a certain restlessness could be perceived in the atmosphere of the room.

Soon, something strong would happen: the sentence was already written.

The police officers that had been there since the beginning of the debate were joined by others who stood up and divided the room.

At the wooden desks to the left, all the relatives of Zárate's rugby players.

Also his defense lawyers, Hugo Tomei and Emilia Pertossi, in front of the accused. 

On the right, friends, including Tomas D'Alessandro and Juan Manuel Pereyra Rozas, relatives of Julieta Rossi, Fernando's girlfriend, and journalists.

Fernando's parents, holding hands, did not say a word.

The uniformed men formed a cordon in the middle.

Judge María Claudia Castro announced the reading of the verdict;

The secretary of the Court, Federico Marasco, did it.

She had not reached the sentences but she had already spoken of joint authorship and participants: the parents of all the accused looked at the ground, with their heads resting on the desk in front.

Embraced some, they cried.

Tomei had asked his clients to continue reading standing "out of consideration and respect" for the Court

, a request that the judge granted.  

Thomsen's mom had been the first to break down in tears;

a relative contained her and even so she was able to notice when her son staggered, and when he fainted he collapsed in the chair.

The prison officer behind him didn't do much to stop the young man from falling, not even once he saw him fall against the back.

Secretary Marasco continued reading the penalties that corresponded to the participants.

It was the voice of Rosalía Zárate overlapping that of the court secretary that alerted Judge Castro: "Are we in a position to continue with the hearing?" she asked.

She called the doctors to attend to the condemned man.

Thomsen's mom wanted to get closer;

They did not allow it, and she became exasperated:

"This is all a lie, get rid of all the journalists,

the whore who gave birth to them. Three years torturing him. I don't care about anything else."

The judge, who throughout the debate made her firm temperament evident, ordered that the room be evicted.

In moments, only the parts remained.

Without insulting them, some relatives dismissed the accredited journalists in the room: "Are you going to sleep peacefully today, right? Great. Congratulations!"

No one responded to the sarcasm. 

The doctors removed Máximo Thomsen from the room, still unconscious.

"He was white, disfigured," someone told this chronicler who in the landing on the first floor observed when they loaded him to assist him.

"He suffered a panic attack," he detailed.

An hour later, the eight rugbiers took the route on the way to Melchor Romero, the first stop of his sentence.


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Source: clarin

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