SHOCK CRIME: Woman on trial over autistic boy killing on the Costa Blanca

ON TRIAL: Prosecutors say the murder took place in Elda, Alicante. Credit: Wikimeda and Shutterstock

PROSECUTORS are seeking a full life prison sentence for a woman accused of murdering her partner’s foster child in Elda, Alicante.

The accused, Alejandra G.P., aged 31, is said to have murdered the boy, aged 8, who suffered from autism.

Prosecutors claim the woman, who suffers from hearing loss, waited until her partner left for work on August 30 2017 before suffocating the boy using his own t-shirt.

They allege she did this, “with the intention of ending his life, suddenly, and from behind.”  Afterwards, the suspect is accused of simulating a robbery by throwing objects onto the floor, before removing the boy’s trousers and underpants and applying body oil to his genitals.

Prosecutors say the woman also cut off her own shirt and bra, before hitting herself on the head with a rock from her balcony and tying her own hands.

The woman later told police two men wearing motorbike helmets had broken in before abusing the boy and attempting to molest her.

She claimed they stopped when she told them she was pregnant.

The sentence sought is the first of its kind in Alicante, after full life sentences were voted into law in March 2015.

The penalty only applies to certain offences, including terrorism, crimes against the King or his heirs, genocide, crimes against humanity, and murder of a child under 16 or a person who is particularly vulnerable.

Since the law was passed, only five criminals have been handed full life sentences.

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