José Antonio Luis Aguiar, who is serving a sentence for the murder of a man perpetrated in the Padrón Pension in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, faces a second trial starting Monday also for murder committed in a room of the same establishment, this time that of his partner .
The popular jury trial for killing his girlfriend, whose body remained hidden in a cave for seven years, was scheduled at the Provincial Court of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for January, but was postponed until April due to the health situation, in the middle of the sixth wave of the pandemic.
The defendant faces a request from the prosecution for 25 years in prison for allegedly beating his partner to death, on whom he depended economically, because she wanted to interrupt the relationship.
Then he hid his body in a cave, where seven years later it was found by chance.
José Antonio Luis Aguiar is currently serving a 17-and-a-half-year sentence for the murder, also at the Pensión Padrón, of a man whose body he hid between two mattresses until the police found it eight months later.
The two crimes occurred between 2009 and 2010.
As stated in the Prosecutor’s Office qualification letter, the man convinced his partner to go live with him in the boarding house after both were released from prison.
He had just served a three-year sentence for a crime of injuries caused precisely to the victim, who gave him financial support by collecting two contributory pensions. He had recognized a disability of 90%.
When both lived together in the boarding house, an argument arose as a result of her deciding to end the relationship.
The defendant, according to the thesis of the Prosecutor’s Office, “annoyed by the rupture that the woman intended and faced with the prospect of being deprived of her money”, reacted in an “extremely violent” way.
Either with the help of a blunt object or with the force of his feet and hands, in any case using “brutal force”, he hit her all over her body, mainly in the chest, and caused multiple injuries and fractured four ribs. and a leg bone.
All this caused the victim a traumatic shock that could directly determine his death.
However, the accused, “not satisfied with all this”, grabbed the victim by the neck with his hands or made a key with his arms and strangled her until he fractured her hyoid bone, causing her death.
The representative of the Public Ministry appreciates the aggravating circumstances of kinship, treachery and cruelty, since he allegedly took advantage of the different physical strength in his favor, as well as the physical handicap suffered by the victim, who had limited movement and ability to walk, and caused him unnecessary pain and suffering.
The reconstruction of the facts indicates that while waiting for rigor mortis to disappear, the defendant cleaned the victim’s blood stains that were in the room but some drops of blood in the form of projections located above the headboard of the bed went unnoticed. and that would be decisive for the identification of the corpse.
In addition, “he was able to take a photograph” of the corpse with the camera of his mobile phone.
Then, he wrapped the body in sheets and a blanket, put it in two knapsacks that had been given to him when he was released from prison, and took him to a cave in the Barranco de Santos, where he semi-buried him “in the hope that he would never be discovered.” ”.
Years later, the only daughter of the deceased, worried about the lack of news from her mother, reported her disappearance to the Police.
Seven years later, the remains were found by people who were walking their dogs in the area.
The crossing of the DNA of these remains with the drop of blood found in the room allowed the identification of the victim.