THOUSANDS of women across Spain and the Canary Islands were out demonstrating on last Monday’s International Day of Violence against females. But, tragically, a woman was stabbed to death at home in the early hours of that morning.

Sara, 26, a native of León, in north-west Spain, became a victim of domestic abuse at her Tenerife home. She was found dead in the early hours of last Monday in her bedroom, lying in a pool of blood.

She had bled to death after her 29-year-old old partner, Jaime BH, stabbed her in the neck with a knife after a noisy row, heard by several neighbours at the quiet, residential complex in the Granadilla town of San Isidro.

Sara actually made the emergency 016 call, which is a special number for victims of domestic violence and physiological abuse.

Unfortunately, when the emergency services arrived, it was too late because Sara had suffered a massive heart attack, probably bought on by the shock of the preceding events.

Sara shared the home with Jaime BH, her boyfriend and assailant, as well as her grandmother, who, during the attack, was asleep in the next room.

She was awakened by the commotion, and went, immediately, to see what was going on. But when she reached Sara’s room, she found the door locked.

According to Canarian Government delegate Juan Salvador León, several neighbours called the emergency services, having heard what was going on,

Neighbours have since recalled that they’d heard previous arguments and fighting coming from the victim’s home, although no official complaints were made.

Coincidently, Sara’s mother lives just a few metres from where her daughter died.

Sara’s partner, born in Medellin Columbia, with a Spanish nationality, had no criminal record, but he had several cuts to his hands and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, Guardia Civil officers, along with a forensic team, collected more evidence from the crime scene.

The forensic team didn’t complete their search until after midday on Monday, only a few hours before the body was transferred to a van and taken to the Institute of Legal Medicine, where a full autopsy will be performed.

She became the eighth domestic-violence woman this year to die in the Canary Islands, in her own home.

The entrance to the San Isidro building was sealed off during the morning, although several people circulated the area in disbelief after learning what had happened.

Police and media also populated the immediate scene, but, fortunately, calm was restored at around 1pm.

A friend of Sara, who was in the vicinity, said she had warned her friend about Jaime.  She also revealed that the couple had lived together for just over three months, and that they had met online.

Another friend, obviously affected by events, said Sara was a beautiful person, inside and out.

Granadilla Council Mayoress Maria Candelaria Rodríguez, from the Town Hall, where Sara did a three-month internship in the IT department in 2017, said she was a cheerful, discreet and calm person.

Sara CG, who had lived in Tenerife for some years, was studying at the Technological Institute of Renewable Energies (ITER).

The Canary Islands’ Superior Court of Justice confirmed that Jaime would have been processed on Tuesday and Wednesday, and would then be at the court’s judicial disposition.

During an extraordinary and urgent plenary session in Granadilla, attended by several councillors, it was unanimously approved that there would be a three-day period of official mourning, as well as an institutional declaration for the elimination of violence against women.





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