August 31, 2016 disc jockey Jorge Cristian “The Count” Martinez Poch was sentenced to 37 years in prison for having kidnapped, drugged and raped to his girlfriend, in a ruling in which the law of gender violence was applied and was described as “exemplary”. Six years after the event that shocked the city of La Plata and the entire country, the victim spoke with TN and stated: “Every day when I wake up I’m thankful that I’m alivebut I will never go back to being what I was.
Vanessa Rial and Martínez Poch had met through a mutual friend in a La Plata bar. She was a lawyer and he was a supposed engineer, a widower with two daughters, in a very good economic position. The same night they met, the man invited her to stay at her house and in that place he subjected her to an atrocious ordeal from which the victim was only able to escape two months later.
“I found it charming, seductive, it was having found Prince Charming, but on the third day of the relationship He gave me the first beating and showed me all his evil, “said the woman through tears in front of the court that sentenced the abuser. Later, her testimony left no doubt about the extent of that evil.
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One day the DJ threw her off the motorcycle, dragged her across the asphalt and broke her wrist. He systematically beat her during the time that the captivity lasted and after each beating, he cured her with ice, I washed it with bleach and made her up, to hide the marks in public. “He forced me to drink his urine and perform aberrant sexual practices with a dog”, narrated Rial completely broken and her voice resonated before a room silenced by horror.
Martínez Poch also forced her to have sex with her friends and came to pluck out the nails with a pliers of both feet. “I wanted to escape, I always wanted to escape, but I didn’t have the will because of the alcohol and the pills that he forced me to take,” she explained.
the ransom from hell
After two endless months, Vanessa’s father’s intuition that he could not make contact with her and the complaint of two neighbors who assured that They heard screams, blows and arguments almost every day and that they suspected there was a “closed” woman on the property occupied by Martínez Poch, led to a search ordered by the prosecutor in the case, Marcelo Romero, and the rescue of the victim.
“During all the time I was kidnapped it was a situation of slavery and servitude,” she told TN Vanessa Rial, days after the sixth anniversary of her departure from that hell. And she evoked: “Every day I wished to die”.
Perverse, manipulative and psychopathic, are just some of the adjectives that Rial chooses to describe his captor, and adds as a sort of graphic display of his words: “He beat me with a shirt of the Virgin of Guadalupewho is the Virgin that I love the most”.
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Most of the time Rial wears a smile on his face and pain flickering through his eyes. “Thanks to the sentence (Martínez Poch) he is not going to hurt any more women,” she maintains satisfied, although she clarifies: “Now, it ruined my life. It is simple”.
Martínez Poch was sentenced to 37 years in prison for having beaten, drugged and raped his girlfriend in September 2013, but also for having corrupted and abused his two daughters when they were minors. However, upon hearing the sentence, the DJ laughed and made Rial “fuck you” with his left hand, after which they had to remove him from the room.
“It was an exemplary failure, today is the happiest day of my life, Today I am going to start living”an emotional Rial told the media that August 31 six years ago, after running to hug the president of the Oral Criminal Court (TOC) 1 of La Plata, Juan José Ruiz, to thank him for the sentence imposed on Martínez Poch.
The magistrate stressed that the ruling took into account “the law of gender violence and the Convention on the Rights of the Child” and explained why did not give rise to the declaration of incompetability requested by the defense of Martínez Poch. “In the concept of psychopath, the majority of psychiatrists maintain that they are punishable and only a minority, twenty percent, maintain that they are not liable,” he said.
In addition, after each event, “Martínez Poch carried out actions to cover his crime and erase the evidence, he washed them (the victims) after beating them and he had himself beaten by his daughters so that in case his ex-partners denounced him, he too had injuries, that is he understood very well what he was doing and in this way he wanted to avoid Justice, “said Ruiz.
The judge estimated that, based on the sentence imposed, Martínez Poch “Before the age of seventy, he does not go out” from prison
“It was an exemplary ruling and a precedent,” Rial now summed up what that moment meant to her, and explained: “For me it is very emotional because I achieved justice and because this person, a character, it’s not going to hurt anyone”. However, physical marks and psychological sequelae that remained are a permanent reminder of the ordeal he suffered at the hands of Martínez Poch.
“I will never go back to being what I was”
“Beyond the limitations that I have left, which are many, every day when I wake up I am grateful that I am alive,” said Rial, who defines herself as a resilient person who she ran out of tears and walks through life trying to do things that will help her heal her soul.
To move forward, he maintained, his father, his circle of friends and work became pillars, from where he contributes his grain of sand to help other victims of gender violence. “I am grateful to everyone, but the effort is mine,” she added.
In this sense, Rial pointed out that before the traumatic event that she had to go through, she had never done therapy but since then she has suffered from different anxiety disorders. “There are simple things, like crossing a street, that for me are not simple”, he indicated to TN. And he stressed: “I can live with all the marks I have on my body, but the psychological consequences will never be cured.”
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When asked about Martínez Poch, Rial maintained that she has not bothered in these years to know how she spends her days in jail. However, she pointed out: “Thanks to the fact that I am a great believer, I have forgiven him, it has been a very painful process that some do not understand.” In any case, she sent a message to Justice: “I hope they don’t give him any benefits, he doesn’t deserve to have them.”
The other cause for which Martínez Poch was convicted and the psychological profile
The well-known DJ from La Plata was also convicted of “corruption of minors aggravated by violence, threats and intimidation due to family ties, seriously outrageous sexual abuse” to the detriment of his daughters.
Among the arguments of the ruling, which appear in the 200 pages, the judge in the case detailed how Martínez Poch corrupted and abused his two daughters since they were they were 7 and 6 years old and until they were 15 and 14.
Meanwhile, the two psychiatric experts who interviewed the convicted person highlighted the “social skills” of the accused, who responded “to each question carefully, measuring intention Of the same”.
“The account of each event in his biography is characterized by being structured as an interesting story, worth listening to, and plausible; but which has the peculiarity of leave it unfailingly well standing. To achieve this effect, as expected, all responsibility must be projected on others or in an unfair trap of fate”, the professionals explained in a timely manner.
In their analysis, they also detailed that “the image of himself that he offers is overvalued if it is contrasted with the achievements obtained, be they academic, work, personal or affective. For each of the areas mentioned, this pattern repeats itself and his discomfort and irritation when confronted with this contradiction is clear.”
Martínez Poch “describes the absence of difficulties in his relationship with women, but it is clear that this alludes to seduction, but not to the maintenance of a stable and satisfactory relationship”, they observed and, in this sense, They concluded that “the Count” is a psychopath.