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Some background to the Cipriano case
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:17:28 PM »
The Trial of Leonor and João Cipriano.


- Joana disappeared on the night of 12 September 2004.

- Leonor Cipriano was arrested and detained from 25 September 2004 while her brother, João Cipriano, was arrested two days later.

- The trial was due to commence on Wednesday 12 October 2005 but even before the reading of the indictment there was confusion over which lawyer had the legal authority to represent Leonor.  In the end lawyer João Grado was tasked with the defence with Lisbon lawyers João Vaz and Oliveira Cruz standing down.

- The trial was heard by a three judge panel headed by Alda Casimiro, seconded by Manuel Rui Banaco and Advinco Sequeira and included four jurors (three women and one man) chosen from the electoral roll in Portimão.  The final decision was up to the four jurors chosen from the electoral roll, namely, Diamene Silva (20) student, Marica Cunha (27) librarian technician, Marta Pereira (22) physiotherapist and Fernando Gonçalves (48) waiter.

- Leonor and her brother, João Cipriano, uncle of the eight-year-old girl, were accused of murder, desecration of a corpse and concealment.

- The defendants refused to speak after the reading of the indictment having been advised of the advantages by their respective lawyers “entrar mudo e sair calado”.

- Investigations conducted by the Judicial Police of Faro coordinated by Gonçalo Amaral did not reach any clear proof against Leonor and João Cipriano - just a theory, a story that the prosecutor José Pinheiro struggled to defend in court.

- The trial heard how João Cipriano sent police to dozens of places where the dismembered body of Joan supposedly lay, including wastelands, waterways, sewers drains, dumps and piggeries.

- The trial heard testimony from 45 prosecution witnesses: neighbours, relatives, PJ inspectors involved in the investigation, forensic experts.

- In the first session of the trial,  Joana's stepfather, António Leandro, admitted that João Cipriano confessed that he and Leonor would answer for the crime of murder, desecration and hiding the corpse of little Joana. "He told me that the girl had seen them having sex and that they had killed the girl".  However, Leandro received a totally different version from Leonor when he visited her in prison. Leonor told him that the corpse of Joana was in an old house, where she had been "taken to the back", but he found nothing.

- The issue of Joana's maltreatment was raised several times but was not proven by any witness. A psychologist from the Protection of Minors, Ana Sofia Paias, said she detected " poverty ", but not abuse.

- Neighbours and acquaintances of Leonor and brother João were called by the prosecution to assess the personality of the accused.  The first witnesses, spoke of the past of Leonor Cipriano, questioned her performance as a mother of six children by five different relationships.

- A military GNR, Fernando Fernandes Ferreira, who was stationed in Portimao when the acts were committed, gave evidence to the Court via video - conferencing system.

- In about six hours of sitting, twenty witnesses were heard in the Court of Portimão - which attested to the rapidity with which the trial proceeded.

- The trial heard that marks of blood were found both inside and outside the house by someone of Joana's height. These traces of blood could not be forensically attributed to the girl - because they were contaminated by oil and bleach which had been used to clean the house after the crime.

- Trace of blood both animal and human were found in the family freezer. The prosecution claimed that the defendants hid the body there before disposing of it.

- Joana's stepfather, Leandro Silva, confirmed to the court that a saw normally kept at the Cipriano home had disappeared after the crime.

- A veterinarian, Cristina Simões, was called to testify in court. When questioned by prosecutor José Pinheiro Franco she said five or six pigs would be able to eat a body like Joana in 10 or 12 hours.

- On the last day of the trial the voice of João Cipriano was heard in court by virtue of a video recording made by the Judicial Police during investigations.  In brutal detail he confessed to killing Joana and of disposing of her body.  The defence objected claiming that João's words had no value since the defendants chose not to testify at trial. The judge overruled the objection.

- Joana's stepfather, Leandro, also made a brief statement, acknowledging that a hacksaw which he used for manual labour had disappeared from the family home.

- At the conclusion of the evidence the prosecutor appealed to the pair, "If you have any little humanity left, tell us where the body is?"

- Prosecuting attorney, José Pinheiro, during closing arguments in the case asked for a sentence of 24 years for both defendants.  Leonor was seen to be visibly distressed at this.

- The trial lasted for 20 hours in total spread over three days.  On 11 November 2005, the verdicts were announced at Portimão Court with Leonor and João Cipriano being convicted of murder, desecration of a corpse and concealment.

- There were disagreements between prosecutors and the Judge of Instruction. The MP wanted a sentence of between 12-25 years while Judge Ana Soares was of the view that there were only indications of the practice by the defendants and suggested a sentence of between 16 months to six years and eight months was more appropriate.

- In the end, Leonor was sentenced to 20 yrs and 4 months while João was sentenced to 19 yrs and 2 months.  Leonor was given a longer sentence since she was the mother of the child.

- These sentences have since been reduced on appeal to terms of 16 years 8 months each.  Leonor was later given an additional 7 months in prison after being convicted of perjury, this sentence will run consecutively with the original sentence.
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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 08:25:10 PM »
Chronology of events.


12 SEPTEMBER 2004
Joana Cipriano (8) is last seen in Figueira, Portimão.

18 SEPTEMBER 2004
The child's mother, Leonor Cipriano, claims that the girl was abducted.

25 SEPTEMBER 2004
Leonor Cipriano remanded in custody.

27 SEPTEMBER 2004
João Cipriano also remanded in custody.

28 SEPTEMBER 2004
The Judicial Police initiates searches in the dumps.

07 OCTOBER 2004
PJ takes João Cipriano Figueira for reconstruction of the crime.

08 OCTOBER 2004
António Leandro, Joana's stepfather, is heard for the third time in PJ.

16 OCTOBER 2004
The mechanic Carlos Pinto is accused on suspicion of concealment of the corpse.

17 NOVEMBER 2004
A video shows Leandro in Cockle Festival at night when Joan disappeared.

20 DECEMBER 2004
The Court of Portimão refuses to release Leonor and João Cipriano.

07 JANUARY 2005
The MP opens investigation into alleged assaults that Leonor accuses PJ.

10 MARCH 2005
Judge Ana Soares reconfirms remand based on new evidence.

01 APRIL 2005
Syndicate PJ Leonor processes for defamation on aggression.

05 MAY 2005
Leonor and João indicted for murder, desecration of a corpse and concealment.

15 JUNE 2005
Investigating judge pronounces the suspects, after discussion instructive.

12 OCTOBER 2005
Begins the trial by jury , Leonor and João Cipriano , which extends over three days.
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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013, 08:25:43 PM »
The Trial of Leanor and João Cipriano.


- Joana disappeared on the night of 12 September 2004.

- Leonor Cipriano was arrested and detained from 25 September 2004 while her brother, João Cipriano, was arrested two days later.

- The trial was due to commence on Wednesday 12 October 2005 but even before the reading of the indictment there was confusion over which lawyer had the legal authority to represent Leonor.  In the end lawyer João Grado was tasked with the defence with Lisbon lawyers João Vaz and Oliveira Cruz standing down.

- The trial was heard by a three judge panel headed by Alda Casimiro, seconded by Manuel Rui Banaco and Advinco Sequeira and included four jurors (three women and one man) chosen from the electoral roll in Portimão.  The final decision was up to the four jurors chosen from the electoral roll, namely, Diamene Silva (20) student, Marica Cunha (27) librarian technician, Marta Pereira (22) physiotherapist and Fernando Gonçalves (48) waiter.

- Leonor and her brother, João Cipriano, uncle of the eight-year-old girl, were accused of murder, desecration of a corpse and concealment.

- The defendants refused to speak after the reading of the indictment having been advised of the advantages by their respective lawyers “entrar mudo e sair calado”.

- Investigations conducted by the Judicial Police of Faro coordinated by Gonçalo Amaral did not reach any clear proof against Leonor and João Cipriano - just a theory, a story that the prosecutor José Pinheiro struggled to defend in court.


- The trial heard how João Cipriano sent police to dozens of places where the dismembered body of Joan supposedly lay, including wastelands, waterways, sewers drains, dumps and piggeries.

- The trial heard testimony from 45 prosecution witnesses: neighbours, relatives, PJ inspectors involved in the investigation, forensic experts.

- In the first session of the trial,  Joana's stepfather, António Leandro, admitted that João Cipriano confessed that he and Leonor would answer for the crime of murder, desecration and hiding the corpse of little Joana. "He told me that the girl had seen them having sex and that they had killed the girl".  However, Leandro received a totally different version from Leonor when he visited her in prison. Leonor told him that the corpse of Joana was in an old house, where she had been "taken to the back", but he found nothing.

- The issue of Joana's maltreatment was raised several times but was not proven by any witness. A psychologist from the Protection of Minors, Ana Sofia Paias, said she detected " poverty ", but not abuse.

- Neighbours and acquaintances of Leonor and brother João were called by the prosecution to assess the personality of the accused.  The first witnesses, spoke of the past of Leonor Cipriano, questioned her performance as a mother of six children by five different relationships.

- A military GNR, Fernando Fernandes Ferreira, who was stationed in Portimao when the acts were committed, gave evidence to the Court via video - conferencing system.

- In about six hours of sitting, twenty witnesses were heard in the Court of Portimão - which attested to the rapidity with which the trial proceeded.

- The trial heard that marks of blood were found both inside and outside the house by someone of Joana's height. These traces of blood could not be forensically attributed to the girl - because they were contaminated by oil and bleach which had been used to clean the house after the crime.

- Trace of blood both animal and human were found in the family freezer. The prosecution claimed that the defendants hid the body there before disposing of it.

- Joana's stepfather, Leandro Silva, confirmed to the court that a saw normally kept at the Cipriano home had disappeared after the crime.

- A veterinarian, Cristina Simões, was called to testify in court. When questioned by prosecutor José Pinheiro Franco she said five or six pigs would be able to eat a body like Joana in 10 or 12 hours.

- On the last day of the trial the voice of João Cipriano was heard in court by virtue of a video recording made by the Judicial Police during investigations.  In brutal detail he confessed to killing Joana and of disposing of her body.  The defence objected claiming that João's words had no value since the defendants chose not to testify at trial. The judge overruled the objection.

- Joana's stepfather, Leandro, also made a brief statement, acknowledging that a hacksaw which he used for manual labour had disappeared from the family home.

- At the conclusion of the evidence the prosecutor appealed to the pair, "If you have any little humanity left, tell us where the body is?"

- Prosecuting attorney, José Pinheiro, during closing arguments in the case asked for a sentence of 24 years for both defendants.  Leonor was seen to be visibly distressed at this.

- The trial lasted for 20 hours in total spread over three days.  On 11 November 2005, the verdicts were announced at Portimão Court with Leonor and João Cipriano being convicted of murder, desecration of a corpse and concealment.

- There were disagreements between prosecutors and the Judge of Instruction. The MP wanted a sentence of between 12-25 years while Judge Ana Soares was of the view that there were only indications of the practice by the defendants and suggested a sentence of between 16 months to six years and eight months was more appropriate.

- In the end, Leonor was sentenced to 20 yrs and 4 months while João was sentenced to 19 yrs and 2 months.  Leonor was given a longer sentence since she was the mother of the child.

 There it is in red...a clear admission that the pj found no clear proof ......what more does anyone need...no clear proof
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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2013, 09:24:49 PM »
CdaM stated slightly different dates.

CRONOLOGIA
SETEMBRO
Dia 12 - Joana Cipriano, de oito anos, é vista pela última vez na aldeia da Figueira, concelho de Portimão.
Dia 17 - PJ parte para o terreno. É dado conhecimento à Europol e à Interpol do desaparecimento da criança.
Dia 21 - A mãe, Leonor, e o tio João Cipriano, são detidos.
Dia 22 - O mecânico Carlos Pinto é constituído arguido, por suspeitas de participação na ocultação do cadáver.
OUTUBRO
Dia 21 - Judiciária passou oito horas a vasculhar a casa da Figueira, de onde levou objectos e roupa da menina para serem analisados em laboratório.
NOVEMBRO
Dia 11 - Exames efectuados pelo Laboratório de Polícia Científica aos vestígios de sangue encontrados na casa de Joana revelam-se inconclusivos.
DEZEMBRO
Dia 21 - São encontrados têxteis e cabelos num terreno onde existiam porcos.
Dia 22 - PJ coloca hipótese de Joana ter sido dada aos porcos.
JANEIRO
Dia 07 - MP abre inquérito para apurar se a mãe de Joana terá sido agredida pela PJ.
Dia 20 - Padrasto de Joana, António Leandro, constituído arguido.
MARÇO
Dia 11 - Mancha de sangue encontrada na casa de Joana intriga a PJ.
Dia 12 - Completam-se seis meses do desaparecimento. Tese do homicídio prevalece.
ABRIL
Dia 01 - Sindicato dos investigadores da PJ entrega ao DIAP denúncia por difamação, contra Leonor Cipriano e dois jornalistas.
Dia 21 - Um meio irmão de Leandro decide constituir-se arguido após ter sido confrontado com suspeitas da PJ de que Joana teria sido abusada sexualmente, o que foi terminantemente negado pelo próprio.
MAIO
Dia 3 - O Ministério Público deduz a acusação contra Leonor e João Cipriano, pelos crimes de homicídio qualificado, profanação e ocultação de cadáver. Caso se prove em Tribunal a prática destes crimes, os dois irmãos estão sujeitos à pena máxima de 25 anos de prisão.

http://www.cmjornal.xl.pt/detalhe/noticias/nacional/portugal/atirada-aos-porcos

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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2013, 09:29:06 PM »
That might seem a bit misleading John. She went to the GNR station to file a formal missing person report later on 13 Sept.

12 SEPTEMBER 2004
Joana Cipriano (8) is last seen in Figueira, Portimão.

18 SEPTEMBER 2004
The child's mother, Leonor Cipriano, claims that the girl was abducted.

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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2013, 02:07:15 AM »

No one should be convicted on circumstantial evidence alone.  Especially after torture has been proven.

This is such a disgrace.

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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2013, 09:17:49 AM »
No one should be convicted on circumstantial evidence alone.  Especially after torture has been proven.

This is such a disgrace.
Suscinct and to the point, yet again  8@??)(

With the additional factor of the man leading the case being a Court proven liar  .... and a manipulator of facts
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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2013, 01:27:03 PM »
@ John

Leonor Cipriano was arrested and detained from 25 September 2004 while her brother, João Cipriano, was arrested two days later.

This doesn't seem to be correct unless there are conflicting reports (which may well be the case).

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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2015, 11:50:41 PM »
Leonor on TV 2004
Rather pretty and wearing that black top that so enraged Amaral.
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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2015, 01:56:45 AM »
There no fighters in Portugal then against alledged miscarriages of justice?

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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2016, 10:23:44 AM »
A bit of background reading appears to be the order of the day for some since they still don't appear to understand the meaning of the word CONFESS. No excuses about a beaten this time!


The Trial of Leonor and João Cipriano.

- In the first session of the trial,  Joana's stepfather, António Leandro, admitted that João Cipriano confessed that he and Leonor would answer for the crime of murder, desecration and hiding the corpse of little Joana. "He told me that the girl had seen them having sex and that they had killed the girl".  However, Leandro received a totally different version from Leonor when he visited her in prison. Leonor told him that the corpse of Joana was in an old house, where she had been "taken to the back", but he found nothing.


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Re: Some background to the Cipriano case
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2016, 09:30:45 PM »
There no fighters in Portugal then against alledged miscarriages of justice?


portugal does not admit to miscarriages of justice
as experienced investigators...based on the evidence...we believe Madeleine McCann was removed from the apartment by a stranger....DCI Redwood...Scotland Yard

Neither the McCanns nor their friend are persons of interest or suspects

If civil questions are being asked can we have the courtesy to provide civil answers.