Lucas Hernandez will ultimately not go to prison, the Spanish justice having accepted his appeal

The French footballer of Bayern Munich Lucas Hernandez, sentenced in Spain to six months in prison for non-compliance with a removal measure after domestic violence, will not go to prison, the Spanish justice having accepted this Wednesday, October 27 his appeal.

“We consider that the appeal must be accepted and that the execution of the sentence of deprivation of liberty imposed on Lucas François Bernard Hernandez must be suspended”, indicated in its decision the higher court of justice of Madrid, on the eve of the deadline set by the justice for the voluntary entry into prison of the player of the Blues.

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This suspension of sentence remains, on the other hand, conditioned on the fact that the player, who will have to pay a fine of 96,000 euros, “Do not commit a new offense” for a period of four years, the court said.

Domestic violence

The case initially dates back to February 3, 2017. The one who was not yet world champion with the Blues, then aged 21, and his companion Amelia Lorente had come to blows, exchanging blows and scratches in front of their home in Madrid.

She had hit and scratched him before scratching his car with a key, while the player punched her in the ribs, back, jaw and lips, according to the judgment.

They had both been sentenced at the end of February 2017 to the same sentence by a court in Madrid for ” domestic violence “ : 31 days of community service accompanied by a six-month ban on approaching within 500 meters of each other and communicating.

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“Repeat offender”

But four months later, in June 2017, when they both returned from their honeymoon in the United States, where they had married, the player was arrested at Madrid airport for not respecting this removal measure.

Incongruous fact: his wife, with whom he had since had a child born in 2018, had not been arrested, because this measure had not yet been formally notified to him. Placed a few hours in police custody, the footballer, who was playing at Atlético Madrid at the time, was finally sentenced, in 2019, to six months in prison.

He appealed, but the justice initially refused in mid-October to adjust his sentence, as is generally the case in Spain for people sentenced to less than two years in prison and with a clean criminal record.

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The court in charge of the case had, in fact, emphasized that the footballer was a “Repeat offender” due to his 2017 conviction for “Injuries in the context of domestic violence”, of that of 2019 for non-compliance with the expulsion measure, but also of a “Other conviction” for ” domestic violence “, pronounced by a court of Mostoles, city of the suburbs of Madrid, of which the details and the date were not communicated.

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