AN apparently wheelchair ridden ‘black widow’ and her carer should be jailed for 31 years and three months each over the death of her husband of two weeks, say prosecutors on the Costa Blanca.
The private prosecution is asking for María Concepción MV, known as Conchi and Francisco PO, to be heavily punished following the death of 69-year-old José Luis.
The man from Guardamar del Segura in Spain was stabbed 20 times with a screwdriver in an Alicante city car park on August 20, 2018 15 days after marrying 45-year-old Conchi in Sax.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office has asked for sentences of 30 and 28 years in prison for Conchi and her ‘carer’ in an indictment filed in trial court number five in Alicante.
The written accusation claims that the two defendants are guilty of a crime of murder with the aggravating factors of treachery and viciousness, amongst other aggravating circumstances.
It says that the sustained attack on José Luis with a screwdriver, “consciously and voluntarily caused the victim unnecessary pain and suffering” in order to kill him.
The accusation outlines how Conchi and 58-year-old Francisco – a close friend of the victim and Conchi’s carer – arranged to meet in a dark car park at 10 pm, supposedly before going out to dinner.
But once there the wheelchair-bound woman apparently managed to get to her feet and hold the victim while Francisco allegedly stabbed Jose Luis with a screwdriver.
The attack was witnessed by an off-duty National Police officer from a viewpoint above the car park. She shouted at them to stop then ran to the victim’s assistance while calling for back up.
When she arrived at the crime scene, the officer observed Conchi holding her husband’s head while her ‘caretaker’ continued the stabbing frenzy.
Once the witness was identified as an officer, she observed that Francisco exhibited “slippery behaviour” and was trying to hide what looked like a screwdriver.
Uniformed police who arrived moments later searched him and found a bag with a broken screwdriver handle and gloves with traces of the victim’s blood on them.
In addition to the prison sentence, five years of probation are requested once they are released from prison, with the obligation to appear weekly in court. Prosecutors also want them to be banned from approaching within 1,000 metres of the victim’s relatives and of communicating with them, as well as the prohibition of living in or visiting Guardamar and Santa Pola or any other municipality where José Luis’ next of kin may reside in the future.
The compensation sought by the private prosecution is €50,000 to each of the two sons of the deceased and a daughter of a former wife of José Luis.