Woman killed by ex-boyfriend

A MAN, 38, has been remanded in prison for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend, 33, in the Sant Jordi district of Palma in the early hours of Friday (July 31).

He was questioned by a judge at Son Espases Hospital where he remained following an attempt to commit suicide at the police station just hours after the crime. 

Police believe that the man arrived at the victim’s house unannounced. They had split up in mid-July after two years. He parked his vehicles a few streets away when he had always parked outside the door. In fact, it was towed away because it was obstructing traffic.

None of the entrances to the house were forced and once inside, he allegedly went to the kitchen and got a large knife. The victim was attacked in her bedroom and sustained defensive wounds attempting to prevent the attack. However, he cut her throat and she died almost instantly.

Her mother, who lives on the ground floor, heard noises and thought her daughter was sick. She tried to call her but got no answer. When she went upstairs, she found her on the floor in a pool of blood. Her ex-boyfriend was next to her in a state of semi-consciousness. 

He was arrested and taken to hospital as police believed he had consumed drugs and alcohol in an attempt to kill himself. Several hours later he was released from hospital and taken to the police station. Police believe he may have faked his state in an attempt to reduce his responsibility for his ex-girlfriend’s death.

Several hours later he became agitated and injured himself in his cell by knocking himself against the walls. Police prevented him from sustaining serious injuries but he was returned to hospital. He threatened to commit suicide if he was taken back to the police station so doctors decided not to release him. 

He will enter prison once he is released from hospital. He insisted while giving his statement to the judge that he had consumed drugs and alcohol. 

His phone and the victim’s are being examined by police to ascertain whether they communicated in the house before the crime. 

Gemma Vich Ramis is the first victim of gender violence in the Balearic Islands this year and the 23rd in Spain. She had not previously reported him for abuse. She had ended the relationship because she found it hard to live with him. He was said to be jealous and have a drinking problem.

He only had one prior case against him, for drunk driving in 2002.  

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