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Meat grinder was used to dispose of victim

Police have confirmed that remains found in a meatgrinder were that of an Argentinian lodger of the Majadahonda man detained last week.

Meat grinder was used to dispose of victim
A photo of a Guardia Civil van Photo: Cesar Manso / AFP

Bruno Fernandez, 32 an unemployed man from Majadahonda suburb of Madrid was arrested last week over the disappearance of his 55-year-old lodger Adriana Giogiosa.

A search of his house led to the discovery of what was thought to be human remains, including what appeared to be a tooth, on a meatgrinder at the property.

"We can confirm that traces found in the bathtub and in the meatgrinder belonged to that of the Argentinian woman, after DNA testing proved positive," a Civil Guard spokesman told The Local.

Investigators will begin to search a second property on Thursday linked to the suspect who is already in custody.

"A country house In Toledo that belongs to the aunt of the man in custody will be searched today," the Civil Guard spokesman told The Local.

"We still have no trace of where that aunt might be," she added.

The chalet in Majadahonda and the finca in Toledo belong to an aunt of Fernandez who herself has not been seen for years. Fernández claimed that he had "inherited" the property after she was moved to a residential care home. But authorities have no record of her being taken into care.

Investigators had initially been concerned that three other women connected to the alleged killer may also have disappeared.

But they have now discounted them as victims.

"We have managed to locate the three women we were initially concerned about," said the Guardia Civil spokesman.

Neighbours from a former residence of Fernández have described how he regularly sacrificed live animals in apparent satanic rituals, forcing regular complaints to police, according to a report in Tuesday’s El Mundo.

 

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Shock as Spain tells foreigners how to cancel their criminal record 

Spain's Justice Ministry has caused outrage after it sent out a tweet explaining how foreign nationals can cancel their criminal record online themselves in order to gain Spanish citizenship. 

Shock as Spain tells foreigners how to cancel their criminal record 

It may seem like a dark joke sent out by a disgruntled civil servant, but Spain’s Justice Ministry has indeed informed the country’s 6 million foreigners – including those who’ve committed crimes in the past – how to wipe their criminal history from the system.

“Criminal records can be a problem when it comes to obtaining Spanish nationality or applying for or renewing residence permits,” the ministry headed by Pilar Llop tweeted on Sunday. 

“Here we explain step by step how to request the cancellation of criminal records,” the Justice Ministry went on to say, followed by a link to a video describing the process. 

In the video posted on June 7th 2022, which has so far more than 24,000 views, a narrator goes on to explain that through the digital transformation process that the Justice Ministry is currently undergoing, it’s possible for anyone to personally and officially delete their own criminal record.

“That means that your sentence can be cancelled without you having to apply for it,” the video stressed.

This reportedly applies to both criminal records and sexual conviction records.

Logically, the tweet has caused a mix of incredulity and anger on the Spanish twittersphere, with comments such as “they’re mad”, “is it a joke?”, “God save us” or “instead of kicking foreign criminals out they’re helping them”.

The truth is that the possibility of expunging a criminal record in Spain has already existed for 27 years, as has the option of a foreigner with a criminal record being able to obtain Spanish nationality.

What has changed is the possibility of an automated system allowing citizens, Spanish nationals and foreigners alike, to carry out the expunging process online themselves, rather than having to apply for the Justice Ministry to do it for them. 

What’s also novel, many would say alarming, is that Spain’s Justice Ministry has made this public knowledge to many more people in Spain after their tweet went viral. 

Artículo 136 of Spain’s Penal Code allows people with a criminal record to cancel it once a certain period of time has elapsed and if they have not committed any other felony since the initial sentence. 

For those with minor sentences, the criminal record can be removed after six months whereas for serious crimes (5+ years in prison) the wait is ten years, higher if they’re charged with more than one crime. 

However, there doesn’t appear to be any lifetime prohibition from expunging criminal records for those who have committed the most heinous crimes, meaning that foreign rapists, murderers and paedophiles could technically cancel their criminal records if they met the aforementioned conditions and become Spanish nationals.

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