In the trial for the crime of Maria Marta Garcia Belsunce, John Paul Viglieroattorney for Nora “Pichi” Burges de Taylor -the victim’s friend who was charged with a cover-up and was later dismissed-, declared that he was intimidated by the defendant Nicolás Pachelo. The lawyer assured that in 2003, when making a judicial presentation, Pachelo he pointed his fingers at her, with the gesture of having a gun, and then said “thumb”imitating the onomatopoeia of a gunshot.
In his statement, Vigliero assured that the episode occurred in the prosecutor’s office in Pilar when he and Taylor attended to make a presentation in the context of the García Belsunce crime case. At that time he unexpectedly crossed paths with who he believes was Pachelo (46). The lawyer assured that Taylor was “very shocked” after the episode, so she made a written presentation to the prosecution about what happened.
“When we left the prosecutor’s office, aboard the car, we saw a person who for me was Nicolás Pachelo. He surprised us and with his hands he made a gesture as if he were shooting us and said ‘pum’ and blew his fingers,” Vigliero said. In his statement before the members of the Oral Criminal Court (TOC) 4 of San Isidro who judge the former neighbor and two former Carmel watchmen.
Taylor “was afraid of (Pachelo). He asked us to ask for police protection, expressly for the children, who were boys and were wandering around the area,” said the witness.
While Vigliero testified, the lawyer Raquel Pérez Iglesias, one of Pachelo’s defenders, asked that the questions from the accusing parties be in relation to the facts judged, since the witness had been part of the García Belsunce family’s lawsuit.
The second witness of the day was Maria Jimena Gonzalez Joujoror, a friend of Inés Dávalos, Pachelo’s wife, whom she met because her children were classmates at school. The woman stated that the night before the crime, the eldest son of Pachelo and Dávalos stayed to sleep in his house located in the private neighborhood of La Herradura, about 10 or 15 minutes from Carmel.
“Nicolas came (to look for his son) at siesta time, after lunch. It was about to start raining, it was between two and five, before the match began (River Plate-Boca). It was ‘at the touch’, he never stayed unless he came with Inés. He left at the touch either because it was raining or because the game was about to start, “the witness recalled.
González Joujoro described Pachelo and Dávalos as “a normal couple” and pointed out that he “was the one who wore the pants.” Finally, regarding how she found out about García Belsunce’s death, the witness maintained that Dávalos told her that “a neighbor had had an accident.”
Before leaving, the woman greeted the parties and especially Pachelowho was attentive throughout his statement and wrote down in the notebook that he always carries with him data that was unraveled during the witnesses’ presentations.
In this third trial for the sociologist’s crime, the prosecution aims to prove that Pachelo killed García Belsunce with six bullets to the head, on October 27, 2002. According to the accusation, she surprised him by stealing from his house with the collaboration of former security guards Norberto Glennon (57) and José Ortiz (45), also charged in the case.