Third arrest for double murder of policewomen
16 February 2005, MADRID - Police have arrested a third man for the brutal murder of two policewomen near Barcelona last year.
16 February 2005
MADRID - Police have arrested a third man for the brutal murder of two policewomen near Barcelona last year.
The man, who is understood to be Moroccan, was arrested in Madrid on Sunday in connection with the murder of Silvia Nogaleda, 28, and Aurora Rodriguez, 23, in October.
The bodies of both women were found by firefighters at a burnt-out flat in Bellvitge, a suburb of Barcelona.
Both women had been repeatedly stabbed and there were suggestions they could have been sexually abused before they were murdered.
The case shocked Spain when police named a convicted rapist, on a day release from prison, as the leading suspect.
Pedro Jimenez Garcia was on a day-release from prison but failed to return.
Garcia was arrested days later in Girona, in Catalonia, north-east Spain.
The latest arrest brings the number of suspects detained in connection with the double murder to three.
The other man was Mustapha Kemal.
Jimenez was allegedly the killer, while Kemal was said to have offered Jimenez shelter while he was on the run.
The case outraged many in Spain with critics saying Garcia should never have been allowed out of jail.
But it emerged that he had twice before been released on short-term home visits as part of his rehabilitation and returned to prison.
Both victims had been trainee police officers.
It is thought Nogaleda had returned from a late shift to find Rodriguez being attacked.
Police believe she was then attacked herself and possibly tortured before both women were murdered.
The women, who both came from the Leon region of western Spain, had only lived in the flat for a number of months.
Firefighters had been called to the flat earlier after neighbours detected signs of a blaze.
When they put out the fire, they found the bodies of the women who had been stabbed with what police believe was a blunt instrument, possibly a kitchen knife.
Police believe that the killer had started the fire in the flat in an effort to cover-up the murders.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news