A 57-year-old man has been stopped by the National Police as the alleged author of the death of his aunt in Tenerife. The crime occurred on Sunday morning when he was found the lifeless body of a woman with clear signs of violent death in a house located on Sinbad Street in the Ofra neighborhood of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
In another room of the house the nephew of the victim was found, who was unconscious after having ingested pills with the intention of committing suicide. Once recovered, the nephew of the deceased was arrested, accused of a crime of murder. At this time, the investigation is still open and, as EL PAÍS has learned, the investigators do not rule out that it is a case of gender violence, since the victim and the aggressor lived in the same home and maintained a relationship.
The corpse of the woman, 60 years old, has been transferred to the Institute of Legal Medicine to perform the autopsy. Sources close to the investigation have advanced this newspaper that the woman had multiple blows to the head that caused her death. The Court of Violence of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has opened the corresponding procedures and decreed the secrecy of summary, while the detainee remains waiting to be taken to court for the next few hours.
Feminist collectives and the Forum against gender violence as well as the Government of the Canary Islands are waiting to be confirmed if it is a sexist murder case to pronounce itself and to summon protest rallies.
If confirmed, it would be the first of the deaths due to gender violence in the Canary Islands this year in the absence of resolving the case of the young Paraguayan, Romina Celeste Núñez, disappeared in Lanzarote at the beginning of the year and whose partner remains in custody accused of homicide.
The Civil Guard continues without success the search for the body, whose remains the husband says he threw into the sea in different parts of the island. The man continues insisting that he found his dead wife in the bathtub of his house.
Until this February 4, in 2019 seven women have been murdered at the hands of their partners or ex-partners, according to the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Equality. In addition, another case is under investigation. In 2018, the macho violence ended with the life of 46 women. Since the official counts began in 2003, they are already 982 the murdered. The number of attention to victims of gender violence is the 016. It leaves no trace on the phone bill, although it must be removed from the call log.