The Catamarca justice sentenced this Friday to life imprisonment Naim Vera Menem for the femicide of Brenda Micaela Gordillo, the 24-year-old girl who in March 2020 was murdered by her partner in the provincial capital.

The court of Criminal Chamber No. 1, made up of judges Fernando Esteban, Mauricio Navarro Foressi and Carlos Moreno, sentenced the 21-year-old for “doubly qualified homicide for mediating a relationship and for femicide”.

In the day of allegations that took place this Thursday, the Public Prosecutor’s Office had requested that Vera be sentenced to life imprisonment in those terms, while the complaint had requested a sentence for triple aggravated homicide for “the bond, treachery and femicide” . For its part, the defense requested that Vera be found guilty of the crime of “simple homicide.”

According to the investigation, the murder occurred at dawn on March 1, 2020, when Vera Menem entered a duplex-type apartment owned by her grandmother, located on Maestro Quiroga Street, in front of the National University of Catamarca, where he had a violent argument with the young woman and suffocated her.

After committing the femicide, Vera burned the body on a grill and left one part in a container near the department and another on one side of provincial route 4, at the height of the El Tala river ravine.

The incident was only discovered the following afternoon, when Vera appeared with a lawyer at the Investigations Brigade of the provincial capital and confessed that she had murdered Gordillo after having a violent discussion.

“Justice was served, it is what we wanted so much. It is a vindication for all the victims who are not there today and so that they can walk quietly down the street, “he said. Maria Isabel Espeche, mother of Brenda, after knowing the sentence.


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