How Dani Alves could tackle his way out of jail by June


FOOTBALL How Dani Alves could tackle his way out of jail by June

Festus Chuma 11:06 - 24.02.2024

Dani Alves could potentially be released from prison as early as June after serving a year.

Former Barcelona and Brazil defender Dani Alves could walk free from prison as early as July this year despite being sentenced to four-and-a-half years for the rape of a woman in a Spanish nightclub on December 31, 2022. 

This revelation comes after the football star faced his initial night behind bars as a convicted sex offender beginning his sentence at Brians 2 Prison near the Catalan capital following his arrest in January 2023.

While the sentencing handed down to Alves was for 54 months, the potential for an early provisional release has been highlighted, contingent upon the judge's discretion and Alves' behavior during incarceration. 

"Though the judge will have the final say on any early release, good behaviour could see Alves let out early having served a third of the sentence given to him," Daily Mail reported.

Despite the possibility of early release, challenges loom, particularly with Alves' potential relocation back to Brazil from Spain, which could complicate matters. 

However, by April 2025, Alves could be granted further leniency, such as permission for home stays during weekends, again depending on his conduct.

The trial shed light on the harrowing details of the case, with the victim asserting that Alves forced himself upon her with violence. 

The prosecution initially sought a harsher sentence of up to nine years, while the victim's legal representation pushed for twelve.

 However, the judges took into consideration Alves' preemptive compensation payment of £128,000 (equivalent Ksh 23,694,515.20) to the victim as a mitigating factor, ultimately deciding on the four-and-a-half-year sentence.

The judges' report detailed the events leading to the conviction, describing how Alves and the victim had danced before moving to a more secluded area, setting the stage for the subsequent assault. 

"He tried to penetrate his victim by making use of his greater strength," the report noted, highlighting the physical and emotional trauma experienced by the victim.

In the aftermath of the sentencing, Alves' attorney, Ines Guardiola, announced plans to appeal the decision, maintaining her client's innocence.

 "We are going to appeal the sentence. I still believe in the innocence of Mr. Alves," Guardiola stated, emphasizing the legal team's readiness to challenge the court's ruling.

"He's doing okay, considering the circumstances. The appeal process will shed more light on the case and, we hope, lead to a reevaluation of the facts."

The conditions under which Alves could be released are subject to the discretion of the judge and the evaluation of his behavior during his time in custody.

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