Spanish pensioner ‘killed son in law’ in baby dispute

A PENSIONER aged 69 has been arrested after he allegedly killed his son in law in a dispute centred on a 17-month-old baby. 

The victim, Luis Salazar, was in his home in the Asturian town of Mieres when the father of his estranged wife allegedly broke in at 7 am on Monday (October 11). 

During the incident J. A. F. R. allegedly stabbed Salazar in the stomach then slit his throat with what police believe was a large hunting knife, although officers have so far been unable to find the weapon. 

At around 8.15 am J.A.F.R.  turned himself in at the local police station. He was ‘very upset’ and covered in blood stains on his hands and clothes, say police. 

Initially he said he thought he had killed a man, then said he had “poked” his son-in-law in the stomach. 

Several agents moved to calle Numa Guilhou where Luis Salazar’s body was found on the floor. He was lying in the kitchen, in the middle of a large pool of blood. He had been stabbed and had his throat cut.  

The flat where everything happened is the house in which Luis Salazar and M. F. C., daughter of the alleged aggressor, settled after getting married in July 2017. The couple had a son 17 months ago, at which point, according to police, arguments and family strains began. 

Friends of the mother say that the dead man was jealous of the child, while the deceased man’s family says the mother became “sickly” obsessed with the care of the baby to the point that the marriage broke up.  
Recently, the couple separated. She moved with her parents to another home and Luis Salazar, a native of Benavente (Zamora), settled with one of her sisters in Oviedo. A few days ago he returned to live alone in the family home. 

According to her relatives, he had obtained a court order allowing him to see his son, and this very weekend it was planned that she would be placed in his care for the first time. 


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Dilip Kuner

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