Girl aged eight tortured to death by uncle in Spain

Photo of the town of Enix in Almeria. Credit: Google maps - Juan Mena.

THE trial has started of a man accused of torturing an eight-year-old girl to death.

Naiara, who died in Sabiñánigo (Huesca) in July 2017, was the victim of continuous mistreatment, days of suffering and hours of torture, according to prosecutors.

They want Ivan Pardo, who is now 35-years-old and the young girl’s uncle by marriage, jailed for life for murder with malicious intent. 

Prosecutors say Naira was the victim of “immense suffering” and was left dying at home for more than two hours, helpless, without anyone notifying the emergency services.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office also points the finger at the girl’s grandmother and Pardo’s mother, Nieves Pena. The prosecutor alleges that not only was she aware of the ill-treatment but had agreed to brutal punishments in order to force her to study more. The prosecutor is asking for her to be jailed for three years.

The same sentence is also being demanded for Naiara’s stepfather, Carlos Pardo.
According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the torture that resulted in the victim’s death began at 8.30 am on July 6, 2017. She had already been severely ill-treated the night before and been the victim of “violent, humiliating and threatening” behaviour during the previous two weeks.
She was subjected to “kicks, blows and torture” that caused her “immense suffering” at a level of violence that was “savage, ruthless and merciless.”

She also had burns all over her body, caused by electric shocks, her feet and hands were bound with shackles and a rope, and she had been punched and kicked in the head.

After hours of torture at the hands of her uncle – who has reportedly confessed to the killing – she lost consciousness, but it was two hours before medical help was called for at 3.45 pm.  She was taken to the Miguel Servet Hospital in Zaragoza, where she died at 7.45 pm, 11 hours after her final ordeal had started.

The trial continues.

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Cristina Hodgson

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