Pensioner stabs wife to death
10 June 2004
HUESCAR – A 63-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in the latest case of domestic violence, police said Thursday.
The Guardia Civil said it appeared she had been killed by her husband.
The victim was found in a pool of blood at her home in Huescar, near Granada in Andalusia, southern Spain.
Medics later said that the woman, who has not been named, had been dead for some time when they arrived at the house.
She appeared to have been stabbed repeatedly with a knife.
At first the 70-year-old husband hid after the murder, then tried to end his own life by throwing himself off a bridge.
Police have not confirmed reports by Spanish radio station Cadena Ser that he stood on a bridge over a viaduct and threatened to throw himself off.
The couple had one son.
He said that there was no proof that his mother had complained of being attacked by his father in the past.
The latest murder brings the number who have died from domestic violence in Spain this year to at least 32.
Prime minister Jose Lluis Rodriguez Zapatero launched a raft of measures last week to stamp out the “plague” of domestic violence.
They included increasing jail terms to up to five years for attacks and introducing a specialised team of police and judiciary to deal with these cases as well as more protection for victims.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news