By Jennifer Leighfield • 30 January 2021 • 1:11
A kitchen knife was used in the attack. Photo: Flickr - Anna Aniston
A WOMAN has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing her father, stabbing her mother and wanting to blow up the house with a gas bottle to kill her three nephews.
The events took place in July 2019 in Malaga city, at dawn. The woman was at her parents’ home with them and with three young nephews.
She allegedly approached her father while he was snoozing in front of the TV and hit him around the head several times. She also stood on his head once he had fallen on the floor.
The first blow was fatal and he died within minutes, having sustained damage to the spinal cord and stopped breathing.
She then went to her mother, who was sleeping in another room, and stabbed her in the back with a kitchen knife as well as hitting her on the head with a wooden rolling pin, knocking her unconscious.
She then moved a butane gas bottle from the kitchen to the living room, where her nephews were sleeping, and cut the pipe to cause a gas leak which would have caused their deaths and that of her mother, if one of the children hadn’t woken up, smelled the gas and alerted the grandmother. They were all able to leave the house.
The defendant has a depressive disorder which distorts her view of reality and modifies her ability to think and act rationally.
Apart from the prison sentence, the prosecution was asking for €100,000 in compensation for her father’s heirs, €1,000 for her mother, and further compensation for the parents of the minors for the moral damages they suffered.
She has finally been sentenced to 30 years and given a restraining order of 13 years, as well as having to pay compensation.
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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