By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 01 April 2022 • 22:48
Life for recording, not helping his girlfriend as she died
Mariano Daniel Vasquez, who committed the atrocity in June 2019 at his home in Viladecans (Barcelona), was found guilty by a jury in a unanimous decision. He was charged on one crime of murder with cruelty and three of sexual violence.
The unnamed woman called Vásquez on the night she died, she was ill and needed assistance. Instead of helping the woman who was in a bad state and unable to help herself, he chose to record her death.
The court were told that the woman’s death would not have occurred had Vasquez, seeing her condition, called for help. Jurors were also told that the woman was recorded in a condition and state of dress that she would not have wanted others to see.
Vasquez was found to have had a controlling relationship with the woman, although they did not live together.
Witnesses testified that he controlled and belittled her both in public and in private. He is also believed to have hit her.
Such crimes remain a problem in Spain with eight woman already killed through domestic violence this year, leaving six children orphaned. Since 2003, when records first began, there have been 1,134 such cases.
The courts have begun to mete out tougher sentences as in this case.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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