Mercy for daughter made to pay for father's crime

5th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The story of Sonia Jiménez, 29, is marked by a crime committed by her father.

5 February 2008

MADRID - The story of Sonia Jiménez, 29, is marked by a crime committed by her father. In March 2004 he killed Sonia's mother by running over her repeatedly with the family car in the town of Cúllar Vega, in Granada. Her father was jailed, and died from an infection in summer of 2006.

In a macabre twist of events, Sonia later had to pay EUR 11,000 in instalments on the car which her father had left unpaid, or risk losing her apartment. "I found it very unfair, and felt very powerless," said Sonia.

But that was not all. It turns out that the day her mother was murdered, an elderly man tried to help her and was injured in the process. A judge ruled that the killer must pay him EUR 12,000 in compensation, but he died without doing so. So once again, it was Sonia who had to pay the money, or lose her home.

The story of Sonia, a street sweeper who has had to take out a EUR 100,000 loan to pay all her father's debts, has moved the attorney's office at the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia to obtain assistance for her and review her case.

"The real victims are those of us who are left behind," Sonia said yesterday.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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