Tomás Gimeno suffocated his daughter Olivia before throwing her into the sea


According to the autopsy, the youngest, aged six, died between 7:54 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on the day of her disappearance along with her sister Anna

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Olivia G. Z., the elder of the two sisters from Tenerife allegedly murdered by her father, Toms Gimeno, died of “violent death”, the fundamental cause of which was “compatible with a mechanical suffocation from suffocation“and the immediate or last cause” consistent with acute pulmonary edema. “

This is how the definitive forensic medical report of the autopsy made to the minor of six years, announced yesterday by the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) and from which it appears that Toms Gimeno threw his daughter into the sea, already lifeless. “Death by suffocation occurs due to obstruction of the respiratory openings (nasal and mouth), and can be with some object that facilitates the simultaneous compression of the orifices, for example, a pillow or a cushion, or because it is so small and offers so little resistance to the force exerted by the father, it can also be with the hand “, explains the forensic doctor Miguel Lorente.

Little Olivia, whose body was found on the bottom of the sea on June 10, 2021 by the oceanographic vessel hard Alvario, therefore had a death of a “homicidal” etiology, as stated in the definitive autopsy, which places his death between the 7:54 PM and 9:00 PM April 27, 2021, the same day he disappeared with his one-year-old sister Anna.

That day, Gimeno agreed with his ex-wife, Beatriz zimmerman spend the afternoon with their daughters, Ana and Olivia. I picked them up around 5:00 p.m. but did not return them at 9:00 p.m., as they had agreed. In that time frame, he allegedly killed his two daughters on his farm in Igueste de Candelaria, wrapped them in towels, placed them in garbage bags and these in turn in two sports bags, which he loaded in his vehicle.

Around 9:30 p.m., Gimeno was seen arriving in the car to the Marina port from Tenerife, where he unloaded several sports bags on a boat he owned. By that time, according to autopsy findings, Olivia had been dead for at least half an hour.

Gimeno, according to the reconstruction of the events, then went into the sea with the boat, tied the sports bags with chains and a rope to the anchor and threw them to the bottom of the ocean.

The final autopsy report also includes analyzes of blood, pericardial fluid and gastric content performed by forensic laboratories on organic samples from little Olivia. In them, no presence of “substances of toxicological interest”, which would indicate that Toms Gimeno did not administer any kind of medicine to his daughter before suffocating her.

“It is striking the fact that he would not use any toxin to reduce the girl’s state of consciousness, because in this way, when suffocating, the movements and attempts to resist the lack of air are more intense, and this it requires ‘greater determination’ to move on, as the child must be held without breathing for several minutes for death to occur. This degree of ‘hatred’ or ‘anger’ is very characteristic of gender-based violence “, explains Miguel Lorente, who was Government Delegate for Gender Violence.

The case, which initially fell to the Court of First Instance and Instruction No. 3 of Gmar, was transferred last June to Court of Violence against Women number 2 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, considering that there were objective indications that the facts may constitute two crimes of murder and a crime against moral integrity in the field of gender violence due to the treatment that Gimeno supposedly gave to Anna and Olivia’s mother after their death. separation, a year before the event. The deaths of girls are considered an episode of vicarious violence.

The search for the body of the youngest of the two sisters, Anna, was suspended on June 30, after two months of searching. And Toms Gimeno is missing.

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