THE National Police have arrested a man for the murder of his wife in Ciutadella de Menorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain.
Elizabeth Pimentel Montilla, 36, was found dead in a Jacuzzi at her home in June of last year, with officers initially believing that her death was accidental. However, after an investigation, evidence suggested that she was in fact murdered by her husband.
The man, who has been named by police as 39-year-old Eduardo EE, said that his wife had consumed alcohol and drugs on the night that she died, causing her to faint and drown in the water where he had discovered her some three hours later.
Toxicology tests did reveal that the woman had taken a small amount of narcotics, with an autopsy indicating that she went into cardiac arrest after drowning. However, after police found out that Eduardo was wanted in Venezuela, his native country, for the alleged murder of his first wife, they became suspicious. This request was denied by the authorities, since the detainee had Spanish nationality. In addition, Eduardo provided conflicting stories about the night in question which did not add up to the timeline of events.
Elizabeth also filed several complaints to the Local Police that Eduardo had been abusive to her during the years before her death. She was granted a court protection order to prohibit him coming within close proximity of her and sought emergency care when she was allegedly assaulted by her husband.
The husband and wife ran a boat company in Ciutadella de Menorca which friends describe as “Elizabeth’s dream.” Both had moved from Venezuela to Spain ten years previously, settling in Barcelona before moving to the Balearic Islands.
After his arrest on Wednesday, November 27, Eduardo has been remanded in custody where it is expected that he will be trialled in the courts of Menorca next year.