‘Dr. Pedrinho’: Robinho’s lawyer was the victim of a historic kidnapping that inspired a soap opera

‘Dr. Pedrinho’: Robinho’s lawyer was the victim of a historic kidnapping that inspired a soap opera
‘Dr. Pedrinho’: Robinho’s lawyer was the victim of a historic kidnapping that inspired a soap opera
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The defense of former player Robson de Souza, Robinho, has the difficult task of reversing the serving sentence in Brazil for rape committed in Italy. The firm that defends him is Alckmin Advogados. The team, led by José Eduardo Alckmin, is made up of Rodrigo Alencastro, Vivian Collenghi, João Paulo Chaves de Alckmin, Ana Luiza Carvalho da Cunha and Pedro Junior Rosalino. At first, the last one mentioned may go unnoticed, but he is a character in one of Brasília’s most memorable stories. Pedro is “Pedrinho”, a baby who was kidnapped shortly after birth, in 1986.

Pedro Junior Rosalino Braule Pinto was born in a private hospital in Brasília on January 21, 1986, the youngest son of Maria Auxiliadora Braule Pinto and Jayro Tapajós Braule Pinto. Hours after giving birth, he disappeared. It had been stolen by a woman dressed as a nurse, who took it claiming that the child needed to undergo examinations.

Pedrinho was only found 16 years later, already registered as “Osvaldo Martins Borges Junior” and living in Goiânia. It was created by the woman responsible for the “theft”: Vilma Martins Costa, a businesswoman.

The crime was only discovered because a granddaughter of Vilma’s then husband became suspicious of “Osvaldo’s” origins. The young woman saw a photo of the child on a missing persons website and noticed similarities. Following a private investigation, the kidnapper’s granddaughter managed to identify traces of Jayro Tapajós with the then Osvaldo (Pedrinho). Therefore, she called the agency responsible for the searches.

Confirmation came with a DNA result: Osvaldo was, yes, Pedrinho, the son of Maria Auxiliadora and Jayro. The boy met his biological parents two days after confirmation.

Until that moment, Vilma swore her innocence and maintained that the boy had been brought to her by a street sweeper who had supposedly found him in a trash can. Placed against the wall by investigators, Vilma confessed. Later, the police discovered that the businesswoman was taking care of a girl who was also taken from another couple when she was a baby, in 1979. In 2003, Vilma Martins Costa was sentenced to 15 years and 9 months in prison. After serving 1/3 of her sentence, she was released on parole.

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The story served as one of the inspirations for the soap opera “Senhora do Destino”, by author Aguinaldo Silva, shown on TV Globo between 2004 and 2005. The story revolves around the search of Maria do Carmo (Susana Vieira) for her daughter Maria Lindalva (Carolina Dieckmann), stolen as a child. As an adult, she was found as “Isabel”, created by Nazaré Tedesco (Renata Sorrah), the villain of the story. The soap opera was a success, reaching the highest average audience for a production of its type in the 2000s.

Lawyer Pedro Junior Rosalino, in photo from 2021

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From left to right, Maria Auxiliadora, Jayro Tapajós and Pedro Junior Rosalino

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Today, Pedro Junior Rosalino Braule Pinto is 38 years old and is a lawyer specializing in civil, administrative and criminal litigation — the area where Robinho works. In 2017, he also joined the defense of Aécio Neves (at the time senator and current federal deputy for Minas Gerais).

Former player Robson de Souza, known as Robinho

Robinho case
In March, the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) responded to a request from the Italian government and approved in Brazilian territory the fulfillment of the 9-year sentence for a rape that occurred in Milan, in 2013. The former player’s defense even requested one habeas corpus at the Federal Supreme Court (STF), unsuccessfully. Robinho is imprisoned at the Tremembé Penitentiary (SP), a place that houses famous prisoners, such as Alexandre Nardoni, Roger Abdelmassih and Cristian Cravinhos.

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