Aaron Beltran is a rapper, who is on trial accused of cutting off the penis of a Brit teacher who offered him £170 to amputate his manhood in a video.
Charges released ahead of the hearing in Spain say the teacher offered his flatmate a deal where payment would depend on the number of times a gory video of the amputation was viewed on social media.
His age is uncleared.
Beltran is going on trial in the city of Zaragoza accused of carrying out the horrific act on the 35-year-old English teacher named only Andrew B in March 2019.
The indictment against Beltran states: “On the afternoon of March 8, just before 7.15 pm when both men were in the victim’s bedroom, Andrew tied his pajama cord around the bottom of his penis to avoid hemorrhaging.
“The accused, who was sat on a chair in front of him, cut his penis with a 12-inch kitchen knife which was never found because the accused got rid of it.”
Officers reportedly discovered the ex-pat had registered on a social networking app a few weeks earlier in search of a candidate to film him mutilating himself.
The Brit whose penis he cut off has not pressed charges and has waived his right to compensation.
He spent three weeks in hospital after the incident before returning to the UK.
Beltran was arrested five days after the horror incident and spent four months in prison before being released on bail.
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He was identified soon after the incident as a rapper who goes by the artistic name of Sanatorio del Atico – Attic Sanatorium in English.
Prosecutors admit the amputation was consensual and the victim suffers from dysphoria but argue that does not exempt the accused from criminal responsibility.
Beltran’s lawyer is expected to argue in court his client was not responsible for the amputation and will seek his acquittal.
He has already been quoted as saying he will call for his client to be found not guilty because Andrew “did it himself”.
He has also insisted that even if it is proven his client was involved, the victim’s penis was reattached and is working properly and the amputation was a consensual act.
It is not yet clear what the Brit at the center of the extraordinary tale will tell the court when he gives evidence as a witness.
The other witnesses will include the pair’s two flatmates.
State prosecutors in Spain want Aaron Beltran jailed for four years and six months if he is found guilty of a crime of wounding, carried out using a 12-inch knife.