By Sarah Keane • 25 February 2021 • 10:45
CREDIT: Guardia Civil (file)
SIBLINGS jailed for murdering their elderly mother and sealing her body behind a wall so they could collect her pension
The Court of Teruel has sentenced a brother and sister to 16 years and 8 years respectively behind bars after they were found guilty of murdering their elderly, disabled mother and sealing her body behind a wall in their home in Pozondon so that they could continue collecting her pension.
Pedro was given the longer sentence as he admitted to smothering his 87-year old mother, who was blind and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, with a pillow, while Isabel, who waited outside the bedroom, was charged as an accomplice. The pair was found guilty of plotting the murder of their bed-ridden mother together.
During sentencing on Wednesday, February 24, the court also slapped them both with a further six months for crimes against the Social Security department; in addition, they will be forced to repay the €30,755.67 they fraudulently claimed from the woman’s pension between 2017 and 2019.
The murder occurred on March 3, 2017. The siblings admitted in court that providing full-time care to their mother had taken its toll, and that she had been particularly difficult on the day of her death. Once the woman was dead, the pair tried to burn the body, but when this was unsuccessful, they hid the corpse in a wardrobe and cemented over it. The crime was eventually uncovered when a neighbour reported her concern to the Guardia Civil, having not seen the elderly woman for some time.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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