MALAGA – A 37-YEAR-OLD woman died on Tuesday morning at the hands of her former partner in El Palo district of Malaga. Her attacker, aged 41, waited until she had left their five-year-old daughter at school before attacking her with an axe at 9.30am.
He was waiting outside when she returned to the rented flat she shared with her young daughter. When he went to hit her with the axe a second time, the blade came off, which is when he allegedly took out a machete and cut her throat.
After the attack, he was restrained by witnesses, who called the police and the attacker didn’t resist arrest.
The victim died at the scene from injuries to her head and neck.
Despite the fact that the victim had a restraining order against him, witnesses say the attacker, who lives in Antequera, had been in the area for several days.
Neighbours have also said that the woman now had a new partner, and that she was in the process of separating from her killer.
Last year, the victim had requested the direct mobile phone connection to the police for victims of domestic violence. The request was dealt with urgently but it was denied last August because on the police report which was attached to the request, she was classified as a ‘low risk’ case. Her killer was sentenced to 14 months in prison for abuse in July, although it was agreed that he would not have to serve the sentence if he took a course in ‘Gender Equality’.
The victim was the eleventh woman to die at the hands of a partner or former partner this year in Spain, and the fourth in Andalucia.
In 2010, 73 women died as a result of gender violence.
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