By Linda Hall • 05 November 2019 • 14:30
A CUBAN stood trial in the Alicante High Court, accused of robbing an Alfaz hotel disguised as Father Christmas.
He allegedly climbed the hotel facade and entered the hotel via a balcony at 3.15am on January 21 in 2011.
Two other people, one of whom also wore a Father Christmas costume, were also linked to robbery but have never been identified, the court heard,
According to Fiscalia (the Public Prosecution department), after entering the hotel the trio went to Reception where they hit the receptionist, holding a firearm to his head as they handcuffed him.
Threatening to kill him unless he revealed where the money was kept, they opened three wall safes, making off with €17,000 in cash, two books of lottery tickets, four GPS devices and wireless microphones.
After taking the keys of the receptionist’s car and leaving him still handcuffed, they fled in his vehicle.
The hotel employee managed to alert the hotel owner’s son who was staying in one of the rooms who contacted the Guardia Civil, leaving to the defendant’s arrest.
If found guilty, he faces an eight-and-a-half year prison sentence, and must repay €19,215 to the hotel-owner in compensation for the stolen cash and electronic items.
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