Woman denies she tried to poison whole family
21 September 2005, MELILLA — A woman appeared in court to deny she poisoned her husband and two daughters so she could start a new life with a man she met through the Internet.
21 September 2005
MELILLA — A woman appeared in court to deny she poisoned her husband and two daughters so she could start a new life with a man she met through the Internet.
Francisca Ballesteros, 36, appearing in court in the first day of her trial, seemed to contradict herself when giving evidence in her defence.
At first Ballesteros said she had poisoned her husband Antonio Gonzalez because he treated her badly.
But then she said she had only given him medication called 'Colme' to stop him drinking, which, she said, made him aggressive.
She said she went to Tenerife with a man she met on the Internet, but denied that they had made plans for a future together.
Ballesteros told the court in Melilla, Spain's north African enclave, when she contacted the man through a chat room, she said she was a widow and had had two children who died.
She denied poisoning her two daughters and said she gave them medication because they were depressed.
Ballesteros claimed she did not know this medication could kill.
She is accused of poisoning her five-month-old daughter Florinda between June and August 1990 with calcified cyanide in the medication 'Colme'
Thirteen years later, in 2003, she started to mix the same cyanide-based poison in the food and drink of her husband Antonio, 42, and her daughter Sandra.
Her husband died on 12 January 2004.
The prosecution claims Ballesteros claimed she was mixing higher doses of the poison in her husband's food.
Her 15-year-old daughter gradually suffered declining health until she died on 4 June 2004.
She also attempted to murder her youngest son, Antonio, 12, by giving him doses of cyanide and two other drugs, Zolpidem and Bromazepam, which led to the progressive decline of his health. He had to be taken to hospital twice.
In her defence, Ballesteros claimed her husband was an alcoholic who abused her and planned to leave her, taking the children.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news