The Federal Chamber of Criminal Cassation confirmed this tuesday the 14-year prison sentence to anesthetist Gerardo Billiris for having supplied drugs and wanted to kill a young woman in 2017 in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo and for two cases of sexual abuse against other women.
The highest federal criminal court in the country ratified the verdict of the Federal Oral Court 8 in relation to the conviction of Billiris for the attempted homicide aggravated by gender violence of Belén Torres in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo in 2017, for sexual abuse of another victim and supply of narcotics aggravated by his medical condition in a total of three cases, according to the ruling to which Télam had access.
The chambermaids Liliana Catucci, Eduardo Riggi and Juan Carlos Gemignani also confirmed the conviction of the public relations officer Juan Martín Mercado and revoked the acquittal and convicted Christopher Rosenthal, for a case of sexual abuse.
The chambermaids entrusted the Federal Oral Court (TOF) 8 with the calculation of the amount of the new penalties, upon granting the appeals filed by prosecutors Marcelo Colombo and Mariela Labozzetta.
In the case of Billiris, he was convicted of what happened to Belén Torres, Luciana Argüelles and Belén De Mattia.
The anesthetist was convicted of “aggravated homicide for having been committed by means of attempted gender violence in real competition with the crime of supplying narcotics for personal use repeated on two occasions“, in relation to what happened to Belén Torres.
He was also convicted of “Sexual abuse aggravated by having mediated carnal access to the detriment of Luciana Argüelles, in real competition with the crime of supplying narcotics for personal use and supplying narcotics aggravated by his condition as a doctor repeated on two occasions, in ideal competition with the crime of facilitating a place for the supply of narcotics to the detriment of Luciana Argüelles and Belén De Mattia “.
On the grounds of the ruling, Cassation remarked that Billiris obtained the drug that he supplied to his victims and then committed the abuses thanks to his “medical condition”.
The judges recalled in this regard an episode of ketamine consumption in the convicted person’s home, when the substance and the anesthetist ran out and two of the young victims “went to look for more in the Military Hospital” to continue “consuming alternately with the cocaine”.
Billiris was arrested on January 31, 2017 after being denounced in a video and on social networks by Belén Torres, who was beaten and abused when he was with the doctor in his apartment in Palermo, after consuming narcotics. Subsequently, the complaints of two other young women were added.