Woman on trial for kidnapping her dying husband

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AN ALICANTE woman has appeared in court following allegations she abused her late husband and confinined him to the family home while he battled with cancer.

After the late Francisco Manuel Crespo was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2008, doctors advised emergency surgery. However, when he arrived at the operating table he became scared and decided to instead entrust his health to his wife, the owner of a herbal store and an advocate for alternative therapies.

According to the prosecution, Clara Ines Ibarra subjected her husband to “rigorous physical control” and restricted his “food intake to a minimum quality and quantity.”

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She reportedly locked him in their apartment on San Juan Beach in Alicante and stopped him contacting any friends or relatives to prevent him from returning to conventional medicine.

On February 22, 2009, Francisco Crespo was able to send a message to a friend, asking her to alert his family. The next day his mother, Estefania Lopez, arrived at the flat and found him “on a mattress, naked, wearing only a nappy with urine spots,” she testified.

“He was shattered, his face disfigured, and when he was freed he burst into tears like a child,” she added.

The prosecution have asked for an eight year prison sentence stating that the accused “prolonged suffering in a time of physical and mental determination” and “detained the victim against his will.”

Clara Ines has denied all allegations, stating that she does not “regret taking care of him” as she “did it with all the love in the world.”

After being rescued by the National Police and his mother, the victim underwent surgery but died four years later on May 8, 2013.

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