'Costa killer' goes on trial for second teenager murder

20th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2006, MALAGA — The so-called 'Costa Killer' Tony King went on trial on Monday accused of the murder of Spanish teenager Rocio Wanninkhof seven years ago.

20 November 2006

MALAGA — The so-called 'Costa Killer' Tony King went on trial on Monday accused of the murder of Spanish teenager Rocio Wanninkhof seven years ago.

The Briton, who is serving 36 years in a Malaga prison for the murder of another Spanish teenager Sonia Carabantes, is alleged to have murdered Wanninkhof in October 1999. 

As he was brought into the court he shouted to reporters: "I am innocent. This trial is criminal."

Among the witnesses during the two-week trial will be Alicia Hornos, the mother of Wanninkhof.

The prosecutor has asked for King to be jailed for 26 years if convicted. But as he is already serving a long prison sentence it would be much less.

King, who had served time in prison in Britain in the 1980s for attacks on women and was known as the Holloway Strangler, is accused of murder and sexual aggression.

King was arrested for the murder of Wanninkhof after his DNA matched samples taken at the scene of her disappearance.

He was convicted in 2004 of the murder of Sonia Carabantes, 17, from Coin, a town near Malaga.

The trial has attracted huge media attention not just in Spain but in other countries.

Nineteen-year-old Wanninkhof disappeared in 9 October 1999 in Mijas, near Malaga and her body was found on 2 November the same year.

The prosecutor claims King moved her body after realising police were looking for her.

The prosecutor said King watched Wanninkhof walk along a dimly-lit road and he decided to "satisfy his sexual desires".

He stopped his car next to her, and threatened her with a knife "so she had no choice but to do what he wanted".

King then allegedly hit her in the head, cut her head and stomach.

Terrified, she tried to run away but he caught her and stabbed her eight times in the back, killing her, it is alleged.

King originally left the body there on the roadside covered in a sheet, but then returned to take it to nearby Elviria.

He dumped the body in a tennis club.

King allegedly tried to set fire to her naked body but rain stopped the flames catching.

At the time, he was working as a property salesman in a company where Wanninkhof's mother also worked as a cleaner. He occasionally saw her at work.

The case continues.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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