Man accused of killing grandmother, 90

NOT all domestic violence is inflicted on women by husbands and partners, as two cases demonstrated recently. Pilar, a 90-year-old, was allegedly killed by her grandson who was arrested in Zaragoza on Sunday.


The author of the Zaragoza killing was a 39-year-old identified only by his initials, P.A.B.T., in accordance with Spanish police procedure.


After their grandmother was found dead with signs of violence, P.A.B.T.  was taken to police headquarters for questioning together with his brother, aged 41, who was released after questioning.

The accused man, who has a history of mental illness, according to family sources, was questioned by an examining judge on Monday, and remains in custody.

The same day, Local Police in Malaga arrested a woman of 50, A.S.D. as arrested after allegedly threatening her husband and daughter with a kitchen knife.

The woman first threatened to attack her husband, who walked out of the apartment.

Later, when their 19-year-old daughter arrived home she was similarly menaced by her mother who had been drinking heavily.

She hid in a bedroom but escaped after the woman fainted and waited in the street below for the police to arrive.  A.S.D. had been arrested for similar incidents in the past, according to the Local Police.

Despite these two atypical cases, gender violence in Spain has not remitted and since the beginning of 2011 a total of 28 women have been killed by husbands or partners.

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