(Agencies) A Guardia Civil officer who shot dead a Jimena man in 2006 believed his gun to be unloaded, according to news reports from the Algeciras court dealing with his trial. The prosecutor is asking for 1 year and 6 months for ‘imprudent homicide’, plus an indemnization to the victim’s parents of €95,000, while the private accusation (which represents the parents) is demanding a prison sentence of 11 years and 6 months, plus €300,000 indemnization. The State Attorney asks for dismissal of the case. The story goes back to June 13th, 2006, when>the Guardia Civil, answering to the initials M.A.R.L., was posted at the side of the A-405 just outside Estación (Km 23) , in Jimena, on a drug watch. According to the officer’s statement in court, “I left the Guardia headquarters (in Jimena) in a hurry, to takeover the watch from a colleague at 2pm. At 2.45pm, I realized I hadn’t checked my weapon ( a 9mm parabellum) as I did every day. I saw there was no bullet in the magazine but I did notice some dirt in the barrel. I pulled back the slide to clean it and then let it go, expecting a dry ‘shot’. But there was a bullet in the chamber, which went off unexpctedly.” The officer was stunned, though he did remove a second bullet in the chamber, at which point he scrambled to the road (his vehicle was hidden below the level of the road surface) to find two vehicles and people calling for an ambulance, “which I did from my phone.”
Whatever sentence handed down by the court, the various parties have already stated their intention of appealing it.