Velez-Rubio man on trial for murder

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 THE man on trial for shooting his former partner to death in Velez-Rubio in 2009, claims he “didn’t know what he was doing”.

Sixty-year-old Candido, who is currently on trial at Almeria Provincial Court for shooting 45-year-old Isabel three times with a shotgun, also told the jury he “regretted” what he had done and felt “sorry for having taken the life of such a young person”.

His defence claims he acted under the effects of a “mental disorder” as he was depressed after losing his job as a lorry driver and had been admitted to hospital two days earlier for an anxiety attack.

Candido told the court: “I don’t know what happened to me when I saw her, I grabbed the shotgun and went for her”. He then said that when he realized what he had done, he got in his car and went to the Guardia Civil office, and when he found no-one there, went to the town hall where he confessed the crime to a civil servant.

According to the prosecutor, Candido waited for Isabel with a loaded gun in one of the streets she took to go to work. When he saw her, he allegedly got out of the car and shot her in the arm from a distance of 1.5 metres, causing a serious injury.

Isabel then ran screaming for the 80 metres to her place of work. The accused allegedly followed her, and after falling to the floor, shot at her, but missed, and stopped to load the gun.

She ran into the workshop and attempted to hide behind some sewing machines but was shot in the chest by Candido from less than a metre away and died.

The public prosecutor and private accusation are asking for 18 and 20 years in prison respectively for murder. The prosecutor maintains it was premeditated murder and knew what he was doing, giving the victim no chance to escape and leaving her to bleed to death.

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