AN allegedly-abused wife has denied ever being hit by her husband.
“I am not an abused woman. I want to make it very clear that my husband has never hit me. We love each other and he respects me. Francisco is the man of my life and I am the woman of his,” said Maria Dolores, the wife of the man who was detained after he opened fire on police.
Several calls were made to the police on January 2 saying a man was beating up his wife in sa Pobla. When the police got there, the man pulled a hunting rifle on them and opened fire at least 12 times.
He was arrested after a shootout with the police, in which one of the officers was injured by shrapnel, and now faces charges of attempted homicide, attacking police officers and domestic violence.
His wife, however, said it is all a conspiracy orchestrated by her neighbours.
“Many lies have been published about my husband in the last few days. We have been together for six years and I swear he is a lovely man. He has never hit me. I love my husband. We are in love with each other,” she said.
“The problem started when our neighbours started to interfere in our relationship. One of them is a sa Pobla police officer. He and a group of South Americans who live right across the street have been ruining our life,” she claimed.
As many as 53 women died in Spain during 2014 because of domestic violence, three of them on the islands, according to data released by the Spanish Government.