Cruel and unusual punishment can take many forms, and it’s often in the eye of the beholder what qualifies.
Some of you may think waterboarding is the worst punishment ever invented, while others don’t see the harm in it if it’s being used on known terrorists to garner information.
Recently in Santiago, a Chilean man got a taste of what he might deem cruel and unusual punishment. After allegedly robbing a retired person at knife point, a mob roughed him up, stripped him naked, and then cling-wrapped him to a lamppost in the middle of the morning sun.
Metro UK notes that the man’s name is 32-year-old Valentino Abeyta Barrera. It’s important to note that Barrera will not be charged with a crime in this case as the person he reportedly robbed did not file a complaint.
To his credit, Barrera hasn’t either against the group of people who did this to him. To date, zero arrests have been made. One police spokesperson explains.
“Unless the man who was tied to the lamppost or his alleged victim want to file a complaint, there is not much we can do.”
So this is probably where the case will end. Nevertheless, Barrera will have to live with this for much longer, and thanks to the Internet, I can see the pic making rounds for years to come.
Still, if Barrera did do the crime, it could be worse.
Earlier this year, the Inquisitr brought you the case of a karate instructor who allegedly raped and murdered a young boy. While in prison, the other inmates had their way with him.
The man’s name was Daryell Dickson Meneses Xavier, and while in prison, Globo reports, Xavier “was raped by about 20 prisoners.”
“He had injuries all over the body, the most serious ones in the anal region. Dissatisfied, and still furious about the crime committed by the professor, the prisoners tore apart the stitches that he received and raped him again. The blood stains on the rear of the short of the young man are proof of how much he suffered.”
So, readers, what do you think about the case of the cling-wrapped man? Would it qualify as cruel and unusual punishment?