César Igual Coll lived in Valencia. He was charged with failing to pay family maintenance to his wife and son. However, Mr Igual Coll was cleared because he was unemployed at the time and had no money to make the payments.
The case went to appeal. The appeal court did not hold a public hearing. It did not take any evidence from Mr Igual Coll or give him a chance to explain why he was unable to find work. Nevertheless, the court concluded that he should have found a job, in order to make the payments, and convicted Mr Igual Coll. He was sentenced to eight weekends in prison and ordered to pay the outstanding money.