Costa Blanca's Teulada-Moraira mourns Alina

SILENT CONDEMNATION: Teulada-Moraira residents and municipal corporation reject gender violence. Photo credit: Teulada-Moraira town hall

TEULADA-MORAIRA’S municipal corporation and local residents stood silently outside the Costa Blanca town’s council building last Wednesday, in memory of Alina Mocanu. Romanian-born Alina was killed four days earlier by her partner, Arthur Karvink, a Dutch national of 59 who has now confessed to her murder. It is now known that the 36-year-old mother of two children aged 14 and 9, was killed after she and Karvink began to argue after going out to dinner with friends. They continued quarrelling in the street and at Karvink’s suggestion went to his nearby Moraira estate agency where he attacked and stabbed her with a kitchen knife.
According to sources close to the case, Karvink left the dead woman for 24 hours before wrapping her body in a duvet and taking it 2.5 kilometres to a bank of underground rubbish containers. The body was only discovered the next morning because the refuse collectors opened the container to deposit bags that had been left outside. Alina had previously been subjected to violence at the ex-marine’s hands, as he was arrested last summer after a neighbour heard her calling for help and contacted the police. Although the case came to court Alina refused to testify and Karvink was acquitted. Speaking after the five minutes of silence in Alina’s memory, Teulada-Moraira’s equality councillor Mamen Botija read a manifesto declaring that gender violence affected all society.
“This town hall will continue implementing policies that promote equality and offering help to all those in need of it,” she pledged.

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Lisa Burgess