By Euro Weekly News Media • 07 November 2011 • 10:41
A COURT in Tarragona has sentenced a man to 18 years in prison for murdering his former partner in March 2009.
The 41-year-old man, who had a son with the victim, has also been sentenced to pay her family €750,000 compensation.
The couple had been together for seven years when in July 2008 the victim, who was 26 when she died, struck up a friendship with a man she had met on the internet. Two months later she told her partner she was leaving him, and he threatened to kill her, so she went to her mother’s house. He also threatened to kill her mother, and take her son away from her.
In October 2008, a restraining order was issued against him, which banned him from coming within 300 metres of the victim.
However, he once again gained her confidence, getting her to remove the order and to confess details about her new relationship.
On March 14, 2009, she decided to meet her new friend in Malaga and her former partner offered to pick her up at the airport in Barcelona when she returned.
Once she was in Malaga, he called her 40 times and convinced her not to spend the night there and instead get on a flight which he booked for her. She accepted, but spent the night in a hotel in Barcelona.
The following day he went to pick her up and on the way to her hometown of Altafulla, her took her to a secluded area, stabbed her and strangled her to death.
He then made cuts on her wrists and put her body in the boot of the car, which he abandoned on the AP-7 toll motorway in Altafulla before calling a friend who at the time was in charge of the region’s justice department, told him what he had done and said he was going to commit suicide. However, his friend went to pick him up and convinced him to hand himself in to the police.
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