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Spanish woman confesses to hiding dead man in ice-cream shop freezer

A bizarre murder is making headlines in Spain after a woman confessed to hiding a man she killed in the freezer of an ice-cream parlour.

Spanish woman confesses to hiding dead man in ice-cream shop freezer
The ice-cream shop where the alleged murder took place. Screen grab: Joly Digital/Vimeo

The Spanish woman, who has not been named, walked into a police station in the town of Dos Hermanas, near Seville, on Saturday night and confessed to the killing.

The 44-year-old was accompanied by her siblings and seemed in an “intoxicated” state and told officers that she had killed a man and stored his body in the freezer of Heladería Otoño, a local ice-cream shop, reported Europa Press.

The man is believed to have been 62-years-old, married and the father of five children. He had been missing for around 24 hours.

Police were carrying out an post mortem on the man’s body on Sunday, and confirmed that there “had been no apparent relationship between the arrested woman and the dead man”.

Police confirmed that there was no familial link between the pair and they were not believed to have known each other.

Various media reports have named the woman as the owner of the ice-cream shop, but police have yet to confirm her identity. They searched the shop after taking the woman's statement and discovered the body of the man inside the freezer. 

The woman was immediately arrested and charged with murder.

Despite confessing to the crime, the woman provided no reason for murdering the man. Police are currently trying to establish the motive for the murder. 

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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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