Do you remember the case of a Brit who entered somebody's flat in Málaga to have a shower after being cut short? Well, he has been acquitted.
After careful examinations of the facts and evidence, the jury declared the 55-year-old businessman innocent of the charges against him, which the judge agreed with and awarded an acquittal based on the fact that, “the man had a compelling physiological need that prevented him from reaching his hotel.”
In other words, when you’re desperately squeezing your cheeks together and taking steps with you knees lock together, it’s hard enough to walk three paces, let alone cover 300 metres, the judge considered.
It’s also fair to mention that this happened in the early hours of the morning.
Unlike the States, it appears, a jury’s decision does not have to be unanimous because six jury members considered him not guilty and two considered him guilty of unlawful entry and the last was undecided – Spanish juries have nine, not twelve member.
Now, what did not come out until the trial and therefore not included in our original article, was that there had been a previous conversation between the man and the flat owner.
He had asked her in English if he could take a shower – the reason was evident and she had refused but as neither spoke the language of the other, there was a misunderstanding (claimed the defence lawyer). For this reason the majority of the jury members believed that there had indeed been a misunderstanding owing to a communication failure.
However, he had gone through wardrobes looking for clothing, which is not something that somebody would give permission for to a perfect stranger, even if you did let them in to use the bathroom.
You can read our original article by clicking on this link.
Your thoughts, Ladies and Gentlemen?
(News: City & Metropolitan Area, Malaga, Andalucia)