VIEW WHOLE
NEWSPAPER
ONLINE

Life for evil stepmum, who killed step-son, 8

AN evil stepmother, who murdered an eight-year-old boy last year, has been given life without the possibility of parole, which makes her the first woman in Spain to receive such a sentence.

A jury in Almeria last month found Ana Julia Quezada guilty of murdering Gabriel Cruz, the son of her partner, Angel Cruz. And the court has now sentenced her to 25 years behind bars, with no chance of early release, which is the stiffest punishment possible under Spanish law.

Quezada surprised little Gabriel while he was on his way to play with friends near his grandmother’s Nijar house, in the Almeria province, on 27th February last year.

The eight-year-old’s step-mother convinced him to get into her car, saying she needed help painting a house on a nearby family estate, which she and the boy’s father had been renovating.

But once they arrived, the court heard how she “grabbed the innocent and trusting boy and beat him violently and repeatedly”.

Medical experts testified that he was alive for up to 90 minutes after being savagely beaten. But Quezada “covered his nose and mouth with her hands until he died from asphyxiation”.

According to prosecutors, Quezada then dug a grave with a spade she had brought to the property days earlier, and dumped Gabriel’s body inside.

However, when his left arm would not fit, she tried to cut it off with a hatchet. But she was not strong enough, managing only to break the bones. The twisted killer, from the Dominican Republic, then played the part of the worried stepmother when Gabriel was reported missing later that day.

She cried for the cameras and let police roll out the biggest search in Spanish history. Thousands volunteered to help find him, all the while knowing he was dead and buried.

But investigators, who did not believe her grief-stricken act, decided quickly decided to have her followed. After 12 days, she led them to the body, unwittingly, when she decided to move the corpse into her car boot. She was ambushed as she drove away, and later confessed to her heinous crime.

The court also ordered her to pay €250,000 each, to the boy’s mother and father, for “psychological damages”, as well as €200,203 to the Spanish state to cover the costs of the search for the child.

“Psychopaths should be locked away, far from society, so they can’t hurt anyone,” the boy’s father told reporters last month after the jury found her guilty.

 

Short URL: http://www.canarianweekly.com/?p=50325

Posted by on Oct 11 2019. Filed under Local News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

Search Archive

Search by Date
Search by Category
Search with Google

LATEST NEWS

Log in | Designed by SortedSites