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Family affairs spell sad end for Latin lover

A mother and daughter are facing court in Galicia after allegedly plotting the murder of young man who slept with both of them.

Family affairs spell sad end for Latin lover
A view of La Coruña where a mother and daughter pair will stand trial later this month for allegedly conspiring to kill a man they had both slept with. Photo: Pablo Herrero

The mother and daughter pair allegedly conspired to murder a young man called Jonier Alejandro Arenas who was killed on January 10th 2012, reported La Voz de Galicia on Thursday. 

Arenas died after a friend called him and told him to come down the street around midnight on that day.

When the young man arrived at the front door of his building, he was stabbed in the heart. 

Police investigating the murder drew a blank at  first. Arenas had no known enemies and was not involved in any illegal activities.

However, when agents of A Coruña's police force began looking into the young man's love life, they began to make progress.

Police discovered that the man with a Colombian background had a complicated romantic history.

They first found an ex-girlfriend, still a teenager. Then the trail to led to the girl's mother, who Arenas had also been sleeping with at one time, and the mother's new partner.

Also involved was another man — the new boyfriend of the teenager girl Arenas had been seeing.  

After further investigation the police came to the conclusion that the Arenas' ex-girlfriend and her mother planned the assassination.

The police allege the two women then asked their respective new boyfriends to carry out the act.

All of the accused — bar the ex-girlfriend of Arenas who is still underage — will this month go before the Provincial Court of A Coruña.

The director of public prosecutions is demanding a 20-year sentence for the three adults. The mother has been charged as the chief conspirator while the two men are charged with   carrying out the murder.

The ex-girlfriend, meanwhile, will faces changes in a juvenile court.

The events leading to Arenas' death began in 2009, reported La Voz de Galicia.

In that year, the young man started living with the older woman who is now facing 20 years' jail for plotting to kill him, according to Manuel Ferreiro, an expert in criminal matters.

The pair, however, separated after several months but did not stopping seeing each other or, occasionally, sleeping together.

At the same time, Arenas was alleging seeing plenty of other women, a fact which displeased his ex-lover .

The final straw, though, came when the young Casanova started sleeping with his ex-lover's young daughter.

Eventually, the secret came out and Arenas left both women.

The mother and daughter then allegedly planned to kill Arenas and recruited their new boyfriends for the task.

They explained that the daughter had been abused by Arenas and was pregnant to him.

The two boyfriends finally agreed to the act and — according to allegations — killed Arenas in January last year.

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BARCELONA ATTACKS

Spain marks five years since Catalonia jihadist attacks

A ceremony was held in Barcelona on Wednesday in memory of 16 people killed in jihadist attacks in the Catalan city and a nearby resort exactly five years ago.

Spain marks five years since Catalonia jihadist attacks

Dozens of people observed a minute’s silence on the tree-lined Las Ramblas boulevard where on August 17, 2017 a van mowed down pedestrians, leaving a trail of death.

As a cellist played a traditional Catalan song, relatives of the victims and officials laid white carnations in front of a memorial plaque marking the spot where the van came to a halt.

Among those attending were Transport Minister Raquel Sánchez, Culture minister Miquel Iceta, the president of the regional government of Catalonia Pere Aragonès, and Barcelona mayor Ada Colau.

“This date used to be just another day in the calendar. Now on August 17 you always wake up with a knot in your stomach,” Colau told public television TVE just before the ceremony.

The attacks, which also left 140 people injured, were carried out by a cell made up mostly of young people of Moroccan descent who grew up in Catalonia. They were claimed by the Islamic State group.

The first attack took place on the famous Ramblas avenue in Barcelona, where a truck rammed into passers-by, killing 14 people, mostly foreign tourists. The youngest victim was a three-year-old boy.

Relatives of victims hold white carnation flowers to place at Las Ramblas Boulevard in Barcelona, on August 17, 2022, as the city marks the fifth anniversary of the 2017 jihadist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that left 16 people dead. – A van rammed into crowds on Las Ramblas Boulevard in the heart of Barcelona on August 17, 2017, igniting four days of terror. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

The driver, who had killed a 30-year-old man to steal his car while fleeing, was shot dead a few days later by the police.

Several hours after the first attack, five accomplices drove into more pedestrians and stabbed a woman who later died of her injuries in Cambrils, a seaside resort 100 kilometres (60 miles) to the south. All five suspects were shot dead by police.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Barcelona and Cambrils had “suffered hate and terror in their streets”.

“Five years later, we remember the victims of these attacks with our sights set on continuing to build a future of peace,” he said.

A Spanish court in 2021 found three men guilty of assisting the perpetrators of the attacks and sentenced them to eight, 46 and 53 years in jail.

But last month, a court reduced by 10 years the sentences of the two men who had received the longest jail terms. The third convict was granted parole in September 2021.

A handful of protesters who accuse the Spanish government of being behind the attacks jeered and chanted during the moment of silence and held up signs that read: “We demand the truth”.

The protest was called by several small Catalan separatist groups and some of the signs held up by the participants had Catalan separatist flags.

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