The Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) ordered the release of two defendants who had been sentenced to five years and nine months and six years in prison, for several assaults on gas stations that occurred in September 2019, in the region of Aveiro.
The STJ ruling, dated February 11 and to which Lusa had access today, partially upheld the appeals filed by the defendants.
In July 2020, the two men, 31 years old, were sentenced in the Aveiro Court to sentences of five years and nine months and six years in prison, for the practice of four crimes of robbery consummated and one crime of theft in the attempted form.
The defendants then appealed to the STJ for disagreeing with the choice and single measure of the prison sentence that was applied to them, advocating for its reduction.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office at the STJ issued an opinion that the two accused should be punished with suspended sentences.
The advisory judges would eventually reduce their sentences to four years and nine months in prison and five years in prison, suspending their execution for the same period.
For this decision, it weighed the fact that the defendants have no criminal record, confessed the facts attributed to him and were repentant.
The Court also took into account the value of the sums that were appropriated and the little violence used to embarrass the victims.
The STJ also ordered the immediate release of the defendants, who had been in preventive detention since October 2, 2019, when they were detained.
The four robberies took place between September 9th and 17th of last year, targeting fueling stations in the municipalities of Águeda and Aveiro.
While one of the robbers was waiting in the car, the other entered the establishment with his face covered and, under the threat of a knife, demanded money from the employees. In total, around 1,350 euros were stolen.
The fifth case concerns an attempted robbery of a post in Albergaria-a-Velha carried out by only one of the individuals. However, the defendant would have given up when officials said the police were arriving.
During the trial, the defendants confessed to the practice of the facts, justifying the thefts with the need to get money to buy drugs that both consumed.