The oral trial for the case involving Hugo Mallo is set to take place on July 11 at the Criminal Court number 19 of Barcelona. This trial was originally scheduled to be held at the Ciutat de la Justícia on May 25, 2023. The former Celta player is being investigated for an alleged crime of sexual abuse of the Espanyol mascot that occurred on April 24, 2019, at the Stage Front Stadium. The incident is said to have taken place on the grass when the teams and mascots were greeting each other.
Hugo Mallo, as the captain of Celta, was the first to reach the parakeet mascot. The victim reported that Mallo shook hands with the mascot as usual, but then allegedly put his hands under the costume and touched her breasts. The victim’s lawyer and the Prosecutor’s Office are both seeking a 24-month fine for Mallo, to be paid to the State.
The legal process began years ago when the complaint was first admitted for processing in the Court of First Instance and Instruction Number 2 of Cornellà de Llobregat. The worker testified on June 27, 2019, and Mallo testified a few days later on July 10. Mallo’s defense requested that the case be archived, but the request was rejected. In May 2021, the Ninth Section of the Provincial Court of Barcelona determined that the complainant’s allegations may constitute the crime of sexual abuse.
The judge noted that the interaction between Mallo and the mascot lasted longer than other greetings, and the mascot moved away and stood behind the male mascot. The judge concluded that it appeared Mallo may have touched the mascot inappropriately.
The trial has been a long and complex process, and it is set to finally take place in July. The outcome of the trial will determine the consequences for Hugo Mallo and the impact it may have on his career and reputation.
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