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"I never thought a child could fit in that hole; I'll never forgive myself"

David Serrano (in green) speaking to the media on Tuesday.
David Serrano (in green) speaking to the media on Tuesday. / S.Salas
  • The owner of the land in Totalán where Julen suffered a fatal fall down a borehole had been warning that "someone could break their foot" but never imagined anything like this could happen

"I'll never forgive myself," said David Serrano, owner of the land in Totalán where two-year-old Julen suffered a fatal fall down a borehole on 13 January, at a press conference on Tuesday.

"I warned them [his partner and the parents of the young boy who were going to enjoy a paella in the countryside] of the danger there was, thinking that someone could break their foot. I never thought that a child could fit down there. I will never forgive myself for not seeing that danger," said Serrano, visibly upset, before breaking down.

He insisted that he had covered up the hole with two grey concrete blocks, as reported by SUR, after the man who dug the more than 100-metre well allegedly left it "as it was".

"I bought this plot of land four months ago so I could grow mangos and avocados and bring some horses here. That's why I needed to know if there was water," he added, accompanied by his lawyer, Antonio Flores Vila of Lawbird Legal Services.

Flores explained that his client was not the subject of any investigation and that any responsibility for what happened to Julen should, in his view, be borne by the company that dug the well.

He said: "David [the owner] has already said that he was convinced that the man who dug the hole, Antonio, had all of the licences required.

"It is not unreasonable to expect that prospecting companies, who know better than anyone else how to process this paperwork, would include licences as part of their service," he added, showing various offers from similar companies, all of which included the processing of paperwork.