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Ex-Brazilian star Dani Alves jailed four years for rape

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Ex-Brazilian star Dani Alves has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for raping a woman at a Spanish night club.

A Spanish court on Thursday found the disgraced former Barcelona star guilty at the Barcelona court where he was tried earlier this month after being driven to court in a police van.

The 40-year-old father of two admitted to having sex in a toilet at upmarket Barcelona nightclub Sutton on December 30, 2022, with his 23-year-old female accuser, but insisted it was consensual.

A friend who was with her the night of the rape broke down in tears as she recalled how the victim was ‘crying uncontrollably’ after leaving the small bathroom where the incident occurred.

State prosecutors had demanded a nine-year prison sentence if Alves was convicted, and a private prosecutor acting for the victim demanded a 12-year jail term at his trial.

Judicial officials said: “Daniel Alves has been sentenced to four and a-half years in prison after being convicted of sexual assault.

“The court also ordered him to stay away from his victim for nine-and-a-half years and determined he should pay his victim 150,000 euros and pay costs.

“The sentence says it has been proved that the victim didn’t consent, and there is proof supporting the victim’s testimony to consider the rape has been proven.”

The three judges said it had been proven Alves “grabbed hold of the victim, threw her on the ground, and prevented her from moving while he penetrated her, despite her saying ‘no’ and insisting she wanted to leave.”

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