Photo: Miguel Sacal Jailed for Beating Caught on Video, Mexico
Mexican businessman Miguel Sacal has been placed in preventative detention seven months after he was caught on video beating a parking attendant at his luxury apartment building in this capital, police told Efe.
The attack occurred on July 8, 2011, and the employee subsequently filed charges of malicious injury against Sacal, but the latter had initially avoided jail by securing a court injunction against arrest.
According to local media, the businessman’s attorney, Adriana Vargas, confirmed the reclassification of charges against Sacal due to permanent injuries suffered to the employee, Hugo Enrique Vera, who received medical certification that he lost two teeth in the attack.
“To fully comply with authorities’ requirements, we took the decision to present ourselves at (Mexico City’s) Oriente preventative prison” on Wednesday, the attorney said, adding that she hopes her client receives a “fair trial in strict compliance with the law.”
Although the attack occurred last summer, it did not come to the public’s attention until January, when the video of the incident went viral on YouTube.
The footage shows Sacal, a Mexican textile group owner, approaching Vera, insulting him several times and then delivering a brutal beating that left the man with two broken teeth and other lesser injuries.
Other employees of the luxury Mexico City apartment building can be seen on the video doing little or nothing to stop the beating.
According to Mexican news reports, Sacal apparently became enraged when Vera did not help him find the jack in his car.
Several Facebook groups sprouted up against Sacal, while on Twitter - where he is sarcastically referred to as “El Gentleman de Las Lomas,” a reference to the affluent Mexico City neighborhood where he lives - the businessman’s attack on the parking attendant became one of the most commented topics.
Users of social-networking sites called for boycotts of clothing stores owned by Sacal or urged people to go to the businessman’s home and beat him in similar fashion.
The judge in the case has between 48 and 72 hours to determine if there are sufficient grounds to proceed to trial or order the suspect’s release.