PROSECUTORS in Alicante seek a 17-year prison sentence for a man who is believed to have run over his wife.
The incident, which happened over a year and a half ago, saw the man brutally run over his wife and a friend of hers with his car, resulting in his arrest and charges of attempted murder.
The man is alleged to have appeared in his car as his partner and friend were crossing the Bulevar del Pla in Alicante. He is thought to have driven directly at the pair, knocking them to the floor.
His partner suffered a severe open fracture to her leg, whilst her friend escaped with only minor injuries.
Losing control of his car, the man crashed into two vehicles, causing an occupant of one of the cars to lose consciousness and have to be cut from his badly damaged vehicle.
The accused was seen by witnesses to abandon his car and flee the scene on foot.
The case became complicated when the victim, who has a daughter with the defendant, became reluctant to testify in court against her husband.
She retracted her accusation and declined to testify against her partner, who himself claimed that the incident was simply an accident, as he had drunk a large quantity of whisky before getting into the car.
Prosecution is pushing for the 17-year sentence on two counts of attempted murder and causing injury. This is the third time that the prosecution is attempting to bring the case to the courts, as neither victim turned up to hearings in June or July.
A charge of domestic violence levelled against the accused has had to be dropped after his partner had second thoughts about her statement: this despite the fact that the police have months’ and months’ worth of accusations of aggression and threats made by the man to the victim.
The defence has asked for the man to be set free, as the accusations made by his partner against him have been dropped.