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Judge refuses tests requested by landowner's defence team in Julen investigation

Julen's parents last week, with Serrano (right) and his wife.
Julen's parents last week, with Serrano (right) and his wife. / M.F.
  • Lawyers asked for tests to be carried out to see whether falling rocks could be matched to the injuries which ultimately caused Julen's death

The judge investigating the death of little Julen, who suffered a fatal fall down a narrow borehole in Totalán in January, has refused a request from the defence team of David Serrano, the owner of the land on which the hole was dug, to carry out further tests that would show conclusively that Julen's death was caused by the efforts of the rescue workers.

Lawyers from Lawbird Legal Services had asked for tests to be carried out to see whether falling rocks could be matched or not to the injuries which ultimately caused Julen's death.

They maintain that a metal pick, weighing seven kilos, lowered into the hole to try to unblock earth may have come into contact with Julen and have asked for rescuers, including Guardia Civil, police and fire officers to be called to make statements. However, the judge refused these requests, primarily on the basis that other more urgent lines of enquiry were still pending but said this decision could be appealed at a later date.

Meanwhile, the parents of Julen have called for "respect" this week as they announced that they would be reporting online abuse received over the case.