Briton is stabbed to death by jealous husband
28 September 2005, TARRAGONA — A Briton who had set up home in Spain was murdered by a jealous husband and his body left to rot in the attic for three weeks, a court heard.
28 September 2005
TARRAGONA — A Briton who had set up home in Spain was murdered by a jealous husband and his body left to rot in the attic for three weeks, a court heard.
The body of Brian Cook, 51, was discovered by police after neighbours noticed a bad smell at the house where he lived in Reus, in Catalonia, north-east Spain.
Spaniard Francisco Javier V.M. has admitted killing Cook but denied he intended to murder him.
Mr Cook's body was discovered in May last year at the house where he had been living for a year.
He had suffered a number of stab wounds but his body was in a state a "advanced decomposition" when police recovered it from the attic.
A court in Tarragona has heard Francisco Javier V.M., whose full identity has not been revealed by the court, went on trial accused of murder, a charge he denies.
Prosecutors claim he should serve 15 years in jail for 'aggravated murder'.
His defence has argued he should serve only five years because the crime happened after a fight and he later admitted the crime to the police.
The court heard 39-year-old Francisco Javier V.M stabbed Mr Cook to death in the kitchen of his home.
He said he went to Mr Cook's house because he believed he had started a relationship with his wife.
Francisco Javier V.M. said the argument "got out of hand" and he had no intention of killing Mr Cook.
Asked why he had admitted taking latex and a knife to the house, he said he used the latex because he worked as a masseur and brought the knife in case he had to defend himself.
Police said they relieve Mr Cook had been murdered three weeks before his body was found.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news