With their head down, the five young men accused of raping a 14-year-old girl at a Miramar campsite are on their way to the prison transfer wagon. In the last few hours, their social network was full of rejection, but this Wednesday they also had someone to give them words of encouragement: family and friends went to support them and shouted, "You are innocent." The accused declared for seven hours in the Mar del Plata Tribunals, where it was decided that they will continue to be detained.
The youths between the ages of 21 and 23 were transferred in the morning from the Alcaranía de Batán to the building of the Mar del Plata courts, where they provided evidence of the prosecutor Florencia Salas, who charged them with the crime sexual abuse with aggravated carnal access. It was minutes before four in the afternoon that they had finished declaring and returning to the 44th Batan prison. "Tomorrow I go, strengthen", "they are innocent, boys", they were the screams of the relatives heard in the door of the court.
"There are many skills to do. Now they are available to the judge. I asked for the arrest, no more, "the prosecutor simply told the press when she left the courts without giving details of the prisoners' statements.
Despite the secrecy that the investigation handles, a version that exceeds it two of the five young men would have admitted that they had sex with the girl under the age of 14, but without a connection with violence. This version was not officially confirmed.
During Wednesday, a tension wave dominated the courthouse. Is it until they approached the relatives and friends of the accused and aimed at journalists covering the news. Angry, they said everything is false: "I want to see you here when Justice says it's a lie. They are shit," shouted some.
About 30 people, all the elderly, arrived moments after the defendants entered Mar del Plata courts. They settled on the seventh floor, where some were crying and hugging while others were facing the press.
"It's a lie," said the relatives and friends of the defendants shouting while the statements were made concrete. (Photo: Fabian Gastiarena)
"That's what sells and that's why they come," one of them said. And one used an unusual argument to defend the defendants: "With those who have to talk to the parents of the girl who went out to look for her at dawn after not knowing anything about her".
In the midst of everything, and by order of the Secretary-General of Internal Affairs of the Buenos Aires Security Ministry, the head of the Miramar police, Vice-President Andrés Caballero, was removed from his duties, as the men in his accusations were "slow" in the first moment of the investigation.
"He was being expelled from power, but his action in the case of camping precipitated his departure," an official source said. Clarin.
This Tuesday after the arrest of the young, investigators kidnapped the truck and carp They were used by Lucas Pitman (21), Emanuel Díaz (23), Tomás Jaime (23), Roberto Costa (21) and Juan Cruz Villalba (23). The young – among them surfers, lifeguards and musicians – are like the victim of Mar del Plata.
The vehicle is a Renault Trafic white color, where young people moved to the spot in Miramar and a blue igloo lot where scientists believe the teenager was raped. They kidnapped too the clothes of the accused.
According to the reconstruction made by the researchers about the event, everything happened in the early hours of January 1 in full New Year's meeting. The victim had arrived one day before the El Durazno campsite, located on the seafront and a few meters from the access to Miramar, with his parents, his brother and two other friendly families. Everyone stayed in the bungalow area, which is 150 meters from the main entrance. The place remains open and works normally.
In the meantime, the five youths camped in a wooded area of the property. After a while of the dish, the girl's mother discovered her absence, began to look for her on the spot and found the worst scene: naked in the blue tent surrounded by men. There the father and other people phoned the police and kept the young until the officials arrived to arrest them.
The first medical examinations confirmed that the minor had genital lesions.
After the five accused's statement, it is 14 years old girl, which can happen before the weekend. As confirmed by the prosecutor Salas, it would be Thursday or Friday, "soon" after obtaining permission from the psychologist and judge of warranties, Saúl Errandonea.
Special Envoy in Mar del Plata. Guillermo Villarreal collaborated, Mar del Plata's correspondent.