A Sevillian man convicted twice of sexist violence and pending imprisonment for the last of the two sentences has requested a gender registry change to female and has also requested a pardon from the Government, alleging that the mistreatment was due to "trauma." that she had to feel like a woman," according to lawyer María José Atoche, who represents the two victims of Antonio, as the aggressor's name was before the change, told EL MUNDO.
The events, reported by Abc, occurred last July when Antonio, pending a 40-month prison sentence, went to the Civil Registry of Seville and asked to be registered with the female name of Milan.
This newspaper has contacted Patricia and María [name this second assumption because she prefers to remain anonymous], the two women whom Antonio attacked. None of them considers the possibility that her story is true, that she now perceives herself as a woman. "From my experience with him, it is a resounding no. There is no possibility that she has felt like a woman at any time, at all, I don't give it an iota of credibility," says Patricia. "People close to him who have met him on the street tell me that his physical appearance has not changed at all, that he is still Antonio. His name is Milan but he is still Antonio, a 1.80 tall, muscular creature. He looks like woman, nothing. In fact his intention was to appear to be a man and a rather macho man," he adds.
"For us it is incongruous that he feels like a woman. This person is the opposite of a woman. On the contrary, he has attacked and denigrated women, he is homophobic, sexist," says María. "She asks the Government for pardon because she says she feels like a renewed person now as a woman. If she felt like a woman, she would reconsider the damage she has done to me and the other victim and say: "Is this how I treated the woman? "I'm going to pay for it and, now being a renewed woman, I'm going to rebuild my life, but not using this distracting maneuver, taking advantage of the Trans law to avoid jail, which is 40 months almost four years," María reflects.
Patricia and María together filed complaints against Antonio on January 31, 2019. The two had maintained a relationship with him and both had suffered gender violence during it. They got in touch when Patricia broke up with Antonio after four months with him due to the "continuous physical and psychological abuse" she received from him. He, they claim, was even with both of them at the same time for a time. "[María] told me that she had not reported him out of fear, that he had broken the door of her house, he had punctured the tires of her car... Certain behaviors that scare you to go and report. I invited her to go outside the hand in hand with me without fear and since then we have been friends," explains Patricia
"I can describe him to you as a true psychopath. A person who starts in a very subtle way. Obviously an abuser does not present himself as such; otherwise, no one would fall. He starts in a very subtle way and with the addition of justifying himself with the Bible He claimed to be a Jehovah's Witness, he abused him physically and psychologically, hiding behind religion. 'You can't wear a skirt above the knee, the man is the one who has to speak because religion says that the man is the one who has to pray at the table and another series of crazy things," Patricia recounts the way in which he psychologically subjected her. "And physically, from grabbing, to slapping, to attempts to suffocate you. Maria, the other victim, even has photos. She likes kittens and almost killed a cat. She made him watch while she beat the cat and told him that "I did it so I wouldn't hit her."
Although both of them filed a complaint together, Antonio ignored the restraining order that had been imposed on Patricia - he is still obliged to wear a telematic monitoring device - so he was subjected to a quick trial for his case and sentenced to eight months in prison. which she completed as a preventive measure, as the young woman explains.
María's judicial process, however, was delayed and suffered numerous delays, either because Antonio was suffering from Covid or because he changed lawyers or appealed, among other "tricks," according to the victims. It was not definitively resolved until last March, when the person still called Antonio was sentenced by the Provincial Court of Seville to a total of 40 months in prison (three years and four months).
"And when he finally has to go to prison, an unexpected turn occurs. He appears at the Civil Registry and changes his name to Milan. This leaves us completely out of the game, although it is a move that does not surprise us because it uses any ruse. He is a very intelligent psychopath who must also be very well advised," says María.
After the name change, explains the victims' lawyer, he avoided immediate entry into prison by arguing the change of sex and the request for clemency from the Government. And, although this was denied, he has appealed the court decision.
"He also wants to enter a mixed module and I don't want to think what this unbalanced person can do in a mixed module with women. He has attacked civil guards, police officers, people on the street simply for looking at him wrong. He has a long criminal record. I hope that the government looks at it, that whoever is in charge of the case asks for their background and sees the journey of these people, which is brutal," says María.
"I'm not worried about the pardon because, despite what is happening, I trust in Justice and I don't think they will give it to him. But he requests to enter a women's or mixed prison, that is, in a module where he will be with women. How is it possible that this can be allowed?" María asks.