Jury returns guilty verdict for child killer

Jury returns guilty verdict for child killer
Bretón could face 40 years in prison for the double murder. Photo: Rafa Alcaide/Pool/AFP
A jury of seven women and two men on Friday delivered a guilty verdict in the case of José Breton, accused of murdering his two young children and burning their bodies.

After a protracted trial that enthralled and sickened the Spanish public, the nine-member jury found Breton guilty of murdering his children, Ruth, aged 6, and José, aged 2.

Bretón had originally told police that he lost the two children in a park.

But the jury found he had first drugged the children — either to send them to sleep, or to kill them — before burning their bodies in a bonfire 'kiln' oven on his parents' property.

Read The Local's gripping profile of José Bretón.

The unanimous verdict of the jury came after over three days of deliberation.

It was announced in a jury statement read out on Friday in the provincial court of Cordoba, Spain.

Breton remained calm while the jury gave answers to 22 questions posed by the court. Jurors were unanimous on all points.

The lawyer for the prosecution in the case, María Ángeles Rojas Delgado, is seeking a sentence of 40 years for Breton.

Sentencing is expected to follow.

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