By Dilip Kuner • 31 October 2019 • 12:00
A JURY has handed a man a permanent revisable prison sentence for killing his two-year-old step daughter by cutting her throat.
The 30-year-old Romanian committed the murder after his wife, also Romanian, told him of her intention to get a divorce. The jury decided that the man acted out of a desire to cause his wife permanent psychological damage.
The tragedy happened in the Valencian town of Alzira, on November 12, 2017 at the family home in calle Padre Castell de Alzira. The convicted man and his partner lived together with her daughter. Two compatriots were also living with them, from whom they had rented two rooms.
That day, at a time when there was no one else in the house, the man went to the room where the little girl, born in 2015, was sleeping and cold bloodedly slit her throat with a kitchen knife. As a result, the little girl bled to death.
Since the killing the girl’s mother has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and mourning syndrome and needs psychiatric and psychological treatment for her health.
After killing the little girl, the man threw himself from the balcony of the house and landed on a vehicle parked in the street.
The man’s defence claimed that this showed he was suffering a psychotic episode, but the jury refused to accept this and convicted the man of murder.
This is reported to be the first time a permanent sentence has been handed down by a Valencia Community court.
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