Mexican forward Joao Maleck, convicted of double homicide

The Mexican forward Joao maleck was found guilty this Friday of aggravated manslaughter by a car accident in which a couple died, which occurred in June 2019.

“The ruling was convicting, the two aggravating factors were accredited that he was speeding and drunk and the guilt of Maleck in the crime of homicide ”, declared the lawyer of one of the victims, Victor Mejia, to the media after the hearing.

In a long hearing in which it was demonstrated that the 20-year-old soccer player was driving at speed and under the influence of alcohol, the judges of the state prison of Big bridge in Jalisco (western Mexico) they ruled their responsibility in the death of Fernanda Peña and Alejandro Castro.

The evidence release period lasted three days in which 22 of the 24 available testimonies were presented and the various expert opinions that support the aggravating circumstances, photographs and videos of the day of the events were shown, Fernanda Peña's family informed Efe .

The sentence for the double homicide and the amount of compensation for the families of the victims will be announced next Friday in a new hearing and it is expected that insurance will be used in the amount of three million pesos (143,000 dollars / 121,000 euros).

Maleck crashed his car into that of a newly married couple who died instantly, for which he was taken to the Puente Grande prison where he has been for 16 months.

At the time of the accident, the defender was playing for Sevilla Atlético Club of the second division B of Spanish football, which terminated his contract, so his letter belongs to the Mexican club Santos.

During the judicial process, the player's lawyers sought to prove that the car was circulating at a speed of not less than 35 kilometers per hour, but the expert reports of the Jalisco General Prosecutor's Office finally proved the speeding and a prohibited degree of alcohol.

Joao Maleck is the son of a Mexican mother and the Cameroonian soccer player Jean-Claude Maleck, who played for Tecos UAG and San Luis at the end of the last century.