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The man accused of killing the head of the Monte Carreiros Association in Madeira has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of aggravated homicide and detention of a prohibited weapon.

“The court has proven the generality of the facts of the indictment,” said Teresa Sousa, president of the collective, during the brief reading of the judgment.

The defendant, 53, was convicted by the Court of the Central Instance of Madeira, in Funchal, for the crimes committed on January 11, 2017, at 5:00 pm, in the parish of Monte, in Funchal.

The victim was the president of the Association of Carreiros do Monte, the drivers of the typical basket cars of Madeira, which was hit by a 6.35 mm calibre firearm “on the head, neck and spine.”

At the origin of the crime were alleged “labour disputes.”

The group condemned the defendant to 19 years for the crime of aggravated homicide and two years and two months for the detention of prohibited weapon, sentencing him in legal clusters in a single sentence of 20 years.

The man will also have to pay the wife and two daughters of the victim civil damages in the order of 120 thousand euros.

The court found that the defendant left his house “with intent to kill” the victim, having first struck him with three shots.

“Seeing that he was still alive, he discharged” three more shots, said the president of the collective.