81-year-old man murders his wife in Spain before taking his own life

SPAIN has been rocked by violence after a man murdered his wife before committing suicide.

As reported by the Guardia Civil, the lifeless body of a 79-year-old woman was found by her granddaughter at a property in A Pastoriza, Lugo, yesterday evening (January 25).

The woman had suffered a severe blow to her head and had knife wounds both on her face and in her neck. The granddaughter then searched her 81-year-old grandfather and found his body lying on the ground outside with cuts to his wrist.

According to the police, the man had killed his wife with a kitchen knife and then attempted to take his own life by slitting his wrists before jumping out of the property’s window.

Local sources indicate that there were no prior reports of gender violence between the couple and that they had spent a day out together with their granddaughter who reported to officers that everything was fine between the pair that day.

The daughter of the deceased arrived at the property a short time after police were at the scene, however upon discovering that both of her parents had died, she suffered a severe anxiety attack and was taken to Lugo Hospital.

This is the sixth woman in Spain to be murdered by their partner or ex-partner in 2020, bringing the death toll up to 1,039 since 2003.

The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, released a short statement through her official social media account where she condemned the murder and sent her condolences to the victim’s family.

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Isha Sesay