Another murder despite courts to protect women
30 June 2005, VALENCIA — A pensioner battered his wife to death in their home following a row a just day after the latest measures to crackdown on domestic violence come into force.
30 June 2005
VALENCIA — A pensioner battered his wife to death in their home following a row a just day after the latest measures to crackdown on domestic violence come into force.
The 71-year-old later handed himself into police at his home town of Castello de la Ribera, near Valencia in north-east Spain.
He was named only as Joaquin J. and his 66-year-old wife was named as Asuncion R.
The murder comes just a day after Spain introduced a series of measures designed to crack down on domestic violence.
Over 400 specialised courts with magistrates dedicated to deal with this type of offence were opened.
The controversial courts will deal with offences committed by men against women.
The Professional Association of Magistrates criticised the new court system for being "sexist".
The new law against domestic violence has also met with criticism because sentences are tougher for men — up to five years — than those for women, which are three years.
Meanwhile, police in Castello de la Ribera said that the murder took place late on Wednesday night.
The wife had been struck with a heavy object to the head, but the exact circumstances of the killing were not clear.
Neighbours said the couple often argued and had separated a number of times, only to get back together later.
So far this year, 29 women have been murdered at the hands of their partners or ex-partners.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news