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Man jailed over 'violent' moment with girlfriend during live TikTok

The incident unfolded in front of thousands on the social media platform.

A man who slapped his partner while she was broadcasting a live video on TikTok has been sentenced to one year in prison for domestic violence, even though she pleaded for him to be spared.

He was convicted of an assault "in front of thousands of people" and has now been jailed by a court in the Spanish city of Soria for a year.

The man hit his partner while she was doing a live stream with three other influencers. Initially, she claimed that her father slapped her but later admitted that it was her partner. She justified the attack by saying that her comments during the live stream had "annoyed" him.'

The slap is pictured in the bottom right square with three male TikTokers featured in the three other squares of the grid.
The slap was captured on camera and broadcast to thousands on the platform. Source: CEN/ Australscope

He became enraged at what he thought was her flirting with one of the other participants in the live chat and, as a result, slapped her, "making her cry," according to the court verdict.

But she refused to file a complaint even when it went viral on TikTok and Twitter, causing concern among the authorities elected because in cases of domestic violence and gender violence, a victim's complaint is not necessary to convict the perpetrator.

The man was arrested on January 31 and has now been jailed.

The sentence includes a three-year ban on approaching the victim, her home, or workplace within 300 meters and communicating with her by any direct or indirect means. The convicted man is also prohibited from owning or carrying weapons for three years.

The couple are pictured. The man has no hair.
The victim said she did not want to press charges however authorities took action. Source: CEN/ Australscope

Passing sentence, the judge said that the accused, "in a public and notorious way, in front of thousands of people, assaulted his partner with the intention of damaging her physical integrity and humiliating her in public, without causing any injuries but with evident and real violence, thus fulfilling all the requirements provided in Article 153.1 of the Criminal Code, and the accused is guilty of an offence of domestic violence."

Judge's warning to those guilty of domestic abuse

The judge added that the legal case had taken place because "in cases of gender violence, the victim's complaint is not necessary, and the perpetrator can be convicted once the crime is known."

"The mere fact of broadcasting the slap live is enough for the public authorities to deploy their protection measures for the victim, regardless of whether she recognises herself as such," she concluded.

"In cases of violence against women, as in all cases of serious assault, the victim's consent is irrelevant, and punishment is always appropriate."

- CEN/ Australscope

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