Ex–soldier 'shot six dead in cold blood'
7 February 2005, MADRID-A former soldier went on a motiveless killing spree, shooting dead six people in cold blood, a court heard.
7 February 2005
MADRID-A former soldier went on a motiveless killing spree, shooting dead six people in cold blood, a court heard.
Alfredo Galán Sotillo is said to have carried out the killings and three attempted murders in Madrid during the first few months of 2003.
Galán arrrived at the Audiencia Nacional, Spain´s national court escorted by two police officers for the first day of the trial.
He refused to answer all questions in court.
Prosecutors have called for the accsued to be jailed for 151 years if he is found guilty of all the charges.
The 26-year-old gave himself up to police in July last year in Puertollano, near Cuidad Real.
He is said to have confessed to all the crimes, though later withdrew this alleged confession.
He told a judge at a later hearing that he was innocent.
Galan is alleged to have started his killing spree on 24 January 2003, when he left his home in Alcalá de Henares, a town outside Madrid, and drove into the city armed with a 7.6mm Tokarev pistol.
He allegedly decided to kill the first person he came across when the moment was right.
Galan forced his way into the home of Juan Francisco L.L., (whose full name was not given in court) and his two-year-old son.
He shot the father in the head and afterwards attempted to hide the body.
Later on 5 February, at a bus stop in Alameda de Osuna, he shot dead Juan Carlos M.E.
On the same day, Galan allegedly went into a bar in Alcalá de Henares, where he shot dead Mikel J.S., who was the son of the owner, and Juana Dolores U.L., who happened to be drinking there at the time.
He fired three shots at a an named only as T.S.G, who survived, despite being hit in the back, leg and arm.
Then on 7 March, Galan drove to a nearby area called Tres Cantos, where he shot a woman named as S.E.S.E., who also survived and is under protection.
She later identified Galan as the man who left her for dead.
On 18 March, Galan shot dead two Romanians, named as Gheorghie M. And Doina M.
No motive has emerged for the alleged murders.
Galan denies all charges.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news