IN what looks to be the second gender-based violence death in Spain in 24 hours, Guardia Civil have arrested a 76-year old man for stabbing and killing his 71-year old wife in Caniles in Granada on Wednesday night.
Baza hospital contacted the Guardia Civil to report the elderly man was in a state of shock. When officers arrived at the family home they reportedly found the woman’s body in the kitchen in a pool of blood with several stab wounds to the neck.
A post on the Caniles local authority Facebook page condemned the attack, stating, “The council regrets having to communicate the murder of our resident MCJB at the hands of her partner.
“This new case of gender-based violence has left residents of our community dismayed that this time we are living close to the social scourge which gender violence is. This council wants to show its total support to the family and people close to the victim at the same time as condemning and expressing its revulsion at this and all those acts of gender violence which are still happening in our society every day.”
The council is staging a minute’s silence in front of the Town Hall at 1pm today to “express the absolute rejection of a village which has been an example of respect for women and reference point in the fight for equality.”
If confirmed as gender violence this would make the 71-year old the fifth woman to die at the hands of their partner or ex-partner since the beginning of the month.
Less than 24 hours before the incident in Caniles a 50-year old man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing his 43-year old partner to death at their home in La Puebla de Almoradiel in Toledo. Their adolescent children were in the house at the time.