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Septuagenarian on trial for killing sick husband before trying to end her own life

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The Provincial Court of A Coruña will begin to hear evidence from today for an alleged murder that occurred on July 19, 2021. On the bench, a 71-year-old resident of Monfero accused of killing her sick husband, who had Alzheimer’s, by giving him a “significant amount of medications.”

The case comes from the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 4 of Betanzos and the woman, who was 68 years old at the time of the events, faces a request for a sentence of 26 years in prison and a ban on approaching her two children for thirty years.

In its indictment, the Prosecutor’s Office reports that the victim began to present symptoms of cognitive deterioration in August 2018. The disease, diagnosed as dementia or Alzheimer’s, “grew worse over time” and led the man to “maintain aggressive and negative attitudes” towards his wife, who assumed his care.

Between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on July 19, 2021, the accused, “overwhelmed by the evolution of the disease” and with the “purpose of causing his death,” supplied her 75-year-old husband with a “significant amount of medications” (Alprazolam, Citalopram, Queatiapine, Trazodone, Zoplicone, Pregabalin and Rivastigmine). Ingesting it caused the victim to experience acute intoxication and cardiac and respiratory depression that ended her life.

Next, according to the Prosecutor’s version, the woman wrote a letter to her family: “Dear children, forgive me, but I couldn’t bear to see your father’s deterioration. Mother”. Then, in her bedroom. She ingested a significant number of medications (Alprazolam, Citalopram, Queatiapine and Trazodone), but the ingestion did not cause her death.

The accused has suffered from anxiety-depressive syndrome for years. The Prosecutor’s Office considers that the facts constitute the crime of murder, with the aggravating factor of acting against a person who is especially vulnerable due to his illness.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office requests that “outburst or obstinacy” be taken into account as a mitigating circumstance and, as an aggravating circumstance, mixed kinship.

The prosecutor requests a sentence of 26 years in prison and a ban on coming within 300 metres of her children and a ban on communicating with them by any means for 30 years. He also requests that the accused be sentenced to compensate each of her children with 23,805 euro.

The post Septuagenarian on trial for killing sick husband before trying to end her own life appeared first on Spain Today – Breaking Spanish News, Sport, and Information.

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