A man accused of killing his partner in a pension room and then hiding his body in a cave will be tried next week at the Hearing of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in a trial with a popular jury in which the Prosecutor’s Office asks for a penalty of 25 years in jail.
The defendant is currently serving a 17 and a half year sentence for the murder in the same building, the Pensión Padrón, in the Tenerife capital, of a man whose body he hid between two mattresses until the police found him eight months later.
As stated in the qualification letter of the Prosecutor’s Office, José Antonio LA, “El Jala”, convinced his partner to go live with him in said hostel after both of them got out of jail.
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 a recognized disability of 90%.
When they both lived together at the boarding house, an argument broke out over her deciding to end the relationship.
The defendant, according to the thesis of the Prosecutor’s Office, “upset by the rupture he intended -the woman- and at 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, using in any case “brutal force”, he hit her all over the body, mainly in the chest, and caused multiple traumas and fractured four ribs. and a bone from a leg.
All this caused the victim a traumatic shock that could directly determine his death.
However, the defendant, “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 the hyoid bone was fractured, causing her death.
The representative of the Public Ministry appreciates the aggravations of treachery and cruelty, in addition to that of kinship, since he allegedly took advantage of the different physical force in his favor, as well as the physical handicap suffered by the victim, who had limited movements and capacity of wandering, causing him unnecessary pain and suffering.
The reconstruction of the events indicates that while he waited for the rigor mortis to disappear, the defendant wiped the victim’s blood stains that were in the room but a few drops of blood in the form of a projection placed on the head of the bed went unnoticed and that would be decisive for the identification of the corpse.
In addition, José Antonio LA “was able to take a photograph” of the corpse with his mobile phone camera.
Then, he wrapped the body in sheets and a blanket, placed it in two bags that had been given to him upon his release from prison, and took it to a cave in the Barranco de Santos, where he half-buried it “in the confidence that it 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.