A 79-year-old man has been accused of murdering his wife in May 2021 in the town of Los Cristianos, in Tenerife. The jury trial began Monday at the Provincial Court of Santa Cruz de Tenerifewhere the Prosecutor’s Office requests a sentence of 22 years in prison and compensation of 100,000 euros for each of the two daughters of the couple.
The processed He denies having stabbed his wife and alleges that he was the one who suffered continuous abuse from her. According to her version, that day she had decided to commit suicide after 56 years of marriage and an ear disease that had become unbearable. His intention was to go up to the roof and throw himself into the void, but before he decided to stop by the apartment to say goodbye to his wife.
They started arguing
The defendant assured that he found his wife watching television and they began to argue over economic issues, specifically because she was giving money to a daughter with drug problems who had spent around 175,000 euros in recent years. As she started to attack him, he picked up a pair of scissors and poked lightly into her neck. However, as she kept hitting him, he went to the kitchen and got a knife. The wife took refuge in the patio, but since the ground was wet, they both fell together and it is possible that at that moment one of the wounds was caused by the knife. The defendant does not know who caused the more than ten stab wounds found in the body.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the old man’s version is false and alleges that he constantly harassed, mistreated and humiliated his wife. The aggravating factor of treachery and cruelty is requested. However, the defense asks the jury to take into account that the defendant is a man with an old and macho mentality, but that he cannot be considered a murderer or even an abuser.
The marriage experience is described as “fatal, the worst I’ve ever experienced, a real hell,” according to the defendant. He says that she manipulated her daughters to turn them against him and that when they argued, she would raise her voice and open the windows for everyone to hear. The defendant also claimed that she had hit him only twice with slaps because he was insulting her., his sister and his mother. In addition, her wife had conflicts with her sisters-in-law, of whom she said that one was a prostitute and the other a lesbian. “They sent more than me in the house, I had to go to the bar because that was a pitched war. There I was a zero to the left,” declared the defendant.
He judgment continues and the jury will have to decide if the old man is guilty of murder or if your version is credible and it is a case of legitimate defense.