Flamenco star 'blamed brother for road death'
5 July 2005, SEVILLE — Police told a court one of Spain's leading flamenco stars tried to blame his younger brother for killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident.
5 July 2005
SEVILLE — Police told a court one of Spain's leading flamenco stars tried to blame his younger brother for killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident.
Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya, called 'Farruquito', faces a total of three years and three months in jail if found guilty of causing death by misadventure.
On the second day of the high-profile trial, six police officers contradicted Montoya's version of events surrounding the death of 35-year-old Benjamin Olalla.
The officers testified Montoya tried to blame his younger brother for causing the death.
They also said the road in which the crash was well-marked and well-light on the day of the crash in September 2003.
Montoya allegedly ran over the pedestrian on a zebra crossing while he was driving a BMW at high speed and without a licence.
He was arrested in March last year, six months after the tragedy.
Montoya allegedly ran over Olalla near the dancer's home in the San Pablo area of Seville.
Olalla was taken to hospital but died hours later.
Initially, Montoya's younger brother had been accused of the crime and was arrested.
But he was later released.
According to legal sources, Montoya admitted causing the accident when he appeared in front of judge in March last year.
He was granted bail but had to pay a surety of EUR 40,000.
One other man is on trial with the dancer.
Montoya denies the charges.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news