Jul 13 2022 – 3:47 p.m.
This Wednesday, the Copiapó Oral Criminal Court sentenced Hugo Pastenknown as the “Psychopath of Copiapó”, who kidnapped and killed different women in that city.
Specifically, he was found guilty of the crime of child abduction with homicide, for the case of a teenager; Besides aggravated homicide crimes by Mariana Cabrera and Sussy Montalvan. For this last case he was also convicted of the crime of arson, since he set fire to Montalván’s house after committing the crime.
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During the 36 days of Oral Trial, the Public Ministry exposed the extensive investigation and the high number of records that had to be gathered to establish the dynamics of the events.
“We can say that this is an unprecedented case in the region in which the accused He did everything possible to hide the evidence that would lead to his indictment.mainly regarding the adult victims in whom Hugo Pastén Espinoza used fire to erase all kinds of evidence,” said the prosecutor in charge of the case, Christian González.
“However, the professional work of the Prosecutor’s Office and the PDI Homicide Brigade allowed to determine ways of acting of the accused and acts carried out after committing the murders,” he added.
Role of families
The prosecution also stressed that families provided relevant information in each of the crimes at the hands of the bus driver.
The Regional Prosecutor of Atacama, Alexis Rogat Luceromaintained that “the Prosecutor’s Office approached these investigations in an absolutely professional and dedicated manner due to the seriousness of the crimes committed by the convicted person, in addition to providing exclusive and priority attention to the families through our Regional Unit for Attention to Victims and Witnesses” .
“This verdict known today (Wednesday) realizes that work by demonstrating and prove the consummated participation of the accused in these events,” he asserted.
What could the penalties be?
The Atacama Prosecutor’s Office requested that they be imposed against Hugo Pastén three life sentencesas responsible for the deaths of the victims and the abduction of the minor, whose body has not been found.
The determination of the penalties to be imposed by the court will be announced at a hearing that was set for the next August 7.
In any case, the prosecutor González was satisfied with having already obtained the conviction, stating that “the decision of the Court endorsed the investigation of the Prosecutor’s Office and the PDI, insofar as the evidence revealed the consummated participation in the crimes for which Hugo Pastén was accused”.
History of Pasten
Pastén’s record of crimes begins in 2004, when beat and raped two women in a vacant lot. For this, he was arrested and formalized, being sentenced to 24 years in prison, of which he remained in prison for only 11 for good behavior.
These crimes were never accepted by the bus driver, alleging that it was the women who had sought him out him because “he was handsome”.
early 2019, would commit these heinous crimes again. He killed Sussy Montalvan, later Marina Cabrera, and then the minor.
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