Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The farce continues

PJ Inspectors' trial returns to Court of Faro today

Expert says lesions are from distinct moments

by Lusa

The trial over the alleged aggressions against assistant Leonor Cipriano by Judiciária inspectors returns to the Court of Faro on Tuesday, with the hearing of a forensics medicine expert, who concluded that the bruises have occurred at three different moments.

The 12th trial session, which is scheduled to start at 9.30 a.m., is expected to hear Teresa Magalhães, an expert at the National Institute for Forensics Medicine, who wrote a report on request by the Court of Faro, about the photographs where Leonor Cipriano can be seen with lesions on various places of her face and body.

A source that is connected to the process has told Lusa Agency that in her report, the expert concluded that the bruises had been made during “three different trauma episodes”, with hematoma that is three to four days old, others that are eight to nine days old, and further ones that are 21 days old.

The expert, who never saw Leonor Cipriano’s alleged lesions live, further excludes, in her report, that a fall from stairs could have been the cause for the lesions.

The defence for the present and former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspectors nevertheless argues that the stair fall theory cannot be excluded, because of the “trauma mechanism”.

During a previous session at the Court of Faro, a forensics expert had already stated that the lesions that Leonor Cipriano presents in the photographs may have been made on two distinct moments and that they could be a consequence both of falling off the stairs or being assaulted.

Marcos Aragão Correia, Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, is not expected to attend Tuesday’s trial session.

In February, Marcos Aragão requested the removal of this trial’s presiding judge, arguing that the magistrate’s behaviour indicates bias. Nevertheless, the Appeals Court of Évora has denied the request for the removal of the presiding judge.

Aragão Correia was notified of the decision from the Appeals Court of Évora last Thursday, and when confronted with the decision, that allows for no appeal, informed Lusa that he wouldn’t attend the next trial sessions, although he continues to represent Leonor Cipriano in writing.

The “Joana case” dates back to the 12th of September 2004, the day when the girl, aged eight, disappeared in the village of Figueira, near Portimão, in the Algarve, and whose mother, Leonor Cipriano, and her uncle, João Cipriano (both siblings) have been condemned by the Supreme Court of Justice to 16 years in prison over the crimes of homicide and concealment of the child’s cadaver.

Before serving her sentence at the prison in Odemira, Joana’s mother was under preventive detention and was questioned several times by inspectors at the PJ’s Directory in Faro.

The Public Ministry’s accusations against present and former Judiciária inspectors appeared following the interrogations at the PJ in Faro. Three stand accused of the crime of torture, one stands accused of failing to give assistance and omitting a denunciation, and a fifth one stands accused of document forgery.

source: Diário de Notícias, 23.03.2009


Anonymous said...

Oh dear. You know what? Looking at that picture of poor little Joana, even though I know it's wrong and illegal to assault suspects, I'm not sure I would be able to hold myself back in cases like these, which is probably a very good reason why I never tried to join the police! Joana's so-called mother and uncle, IMO cannot be considered as human. They are dispicable, inhumane monsters. I really hope that Joana had a happy life leading up to her death.

I really hope that this case has a happy ending for GA. A while ago it was said that LC's injuries were inflicted in prison & that's what I'm hoping the outcome will be.

Child molesters and killers are usually punished by fellow prisoners, and if the only injuries she sustained are those that we have seen, then she is very lucky, IMO, and anyone who holds this evil woman up on a pedestal to be more virtuous than GA, are a bit 'wrong in the head', to say the least!

Dylan xxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan.
Unfortunately, Joana never had a happy life. She was the maid of the house, cooked, cleaned, shopped, took care of the younger children, had to go to school by herself and even once, when she was sick, it was a neighbour who took her to the doctor. Not to mention that semen was found in her bed and underwear. As sad as it is, I think Joana's death came as a stop to her pain.
If the monster mother didn't have protection in prison, she would probably not be around anymore. She is in a female prison and you know what normal women think of mothers who kill their children. Anyone defending this monster or her monster brother, is a child killer lover.

nancy said...

Hi Claudia and Dylan -

Such a sad, sad case. The poor child certainly drew the short straw when she was born.

I know that child cruelty is much less common in continental countries than in the UK so it is even more unbelievable what her parents and uncle did to her.

I hope poor Amaral and his wife are facing this trial together with a positive attitude. What with having to leave his profession that he loved so much and now this hanging over him, he must feel overwhelmed by it all.

Poor little Joana - may she rest in peace.


Cláudia said...

Hi, Nancy!
This child certainly was incredibly unlucky. It is exactly because it is so rare that this has been such a huge case in Portugal. It rocked the Portuguese society. And that is why Leonor Cipriano and her brother are probably two of the most hated citizens ever in this country!
Mr Amaral is a strong man! :-)

Zetta said...

I know that child cruelty is much less common in continental countries than in the UK so it is even more unbelievable what her parents and uncle did to her.

I don't think that this is necessarily true. I do think it is something very difficult to measure though.

Certain things (smacking, for example) may be considered cruelty in one country, but not in another. In some countries what goes on "behind closed doors" isn't reported because it is considered the business of the family only.That would make the statistics in the countries where things are not considered "a domestic" much higher.

Cláudia said...

Hi, Zetta.
I have no idea about child cruelty numbers. And honestly, I don't even think I want to know. It's such a sad sunject.
The number of child murders in Portugal, however, is incredibly low. And commited by a mother probably residual. That is why this case was such a shock. To be honest, I think it changed our country in the sense that it made it real: mothers and fathers do kill their children. I think in a way, this country as a whole was still a bit naive, refusing to believe this drama.
I completely agree regarding what goes on behind closed doors.

Cláudia said...

aldescubierto, o seu post não será publicado no meu blog, por motivos óbvios. Sugiro que contacte a Polícia. Posso dar-lhe os contactos.

aldescubierto, your post will not be published here for obvious reasons. I suggest you contact the police. I can provide you with the contacts.