Flamenco star faces jail in trial over hit-and-run death
Tuesday 05 July 2005
Farruquito, whose real name is Juan Manuel Fernandez Montoya, took to the witness stand in Seville in southern Spain over an offence committed in 2003.
Although he admitted to police that he was driving the car that struck Benjamin Olalla, 35, he denies the charge of negligent homicide. He claims that he fled the scene because he was scared of ruining his and his family's future."I had fear of everything, my career future and all that could happen to my family if I went to prison," he said. "I don't know whether I'm guilty or innocent."
Farruquito, a man listed in the US People magazine as among the "50 most beautiful" people, is the son of flamenco singer Juan Fernandez Flores "El Moreno" (the Dark One) and the grandson of the legendary Farruco, considered the best flamenco dancer of the 20th century.
He faces a prison sentence of three to eight years if found guilty.
The prosecution claims that Farruquito had been driving without a licence or insurance on 30 September 2003 when he hit Mr Olalla at a pedestrian crossing.
Farruquito said he was exhausted after a long day of rehearsing and lost control of his car. Mr Olalla later died in a hospital.
The 22-year-old said he returned to the scene hours later and did not realise the man had died until he found out in the news. He was arrested in March 2004.
The case continues.
- 1 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 2 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
£30k - 38k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: An award-winning consume...
£40k - 45k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...
£30k - 35k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: We’re currently re...
£35k - 45k per year + benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...