Husband stabs wife to death over 'wires crossed' argument in Spain

DEFENCE: Ciotau’s lawyer called for him to be acquitted, claiming he was under the influence of alcohol and medication Photo: Shutterstock

PALMA Court heard that Ioan Ciotau allegedly killed his wife Lucia Patrascu after they ‘got their wires crossed’.
He reportedly insisted, however, that he was ‘unaware of what he had done’, having suffered a temporary mental disorder.
Ciotau, 60, is accused of stabbing Lucia to death in Puerto Pollensa in May 2016. The court was told he had drunk around 15 beers and taken anti-anxiety pills that had been prescribed a few days earlier.
When his wife entered the apartment on the Sunday morning of the stabbing, he had asked her where she had been all night, which led to an apparent ‘misunderstanding’.
The prosecution argued there was a fierce argument and that Ciotau dragged Lucia to the balcony, where he stabbed her several times with a 16 cm blade.
He allegedly then went into the street and told people that he would be arrested as he had killed his wife.
Prosecutor, Carmen Fernandez, is seeking a sentence of 22 years and compensation of €100,000 for their two children.
But Ciotau’s lawyer called for him to be acquitted, claiming he was under the influence of alcohol and medication that had induced temporary paranoia. The case continues.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
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