Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This husband has been arrested on suspicion of strangling his pretty young wife who worked for Easyjet and his three-year-old daughter to death after his spouse filed for divorce.
The victims’ bodies were found in the flat where they live yesterday (Monday) in the municipality of Esplugues de Llobregat in the province of Barcelona in north-western Spain at around 6:10 am.
Neighbours reportedly contacted the local police (Mossos d’Esquadra) after they heard shouts from the flat where Spanish married couple Monica Linde Maldonado, 28, and Ruben Dario, 27, lived together with their three-year-old daughter, who has not been named.
Cops arrived at the building at around 6:10 in the morning where they found Maldonado and her daughter murdered.
The authorities have confirmed Dario was arrested for allegedly strangling the victims to death. Local media report he was transferred to a hospital as he had tried to commit suicide and he had several injuries.
Maldonado and Dario reportedly had been in a relationship for five years and their daughter was born in 2016. She worked for Easyjet as a flight coordinator at El Prat airport in Barcelona. It is unclear what he did for a living.
The woman had reportedly started legal procedures to divorce her husband some time in December.
According to local media, there were no reports of domestic violence in the family and their neighbours did not suspect that the victim was being beaten by her husband.
The double murder has shocked Spain as it happened on a holiday which marks the end of Christmas in Spain with children receiving presents while families commemorate the arrival of the ‘Three Wise Men’.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wrote on Twitter: “Terrible. A man has allegedly murdered his wife and his daughter in Esplugues de Llobregat. All my love to relatives and friends. Nobody will stop us from keep fighting misogynist violence.”
The case is being investigated by the Investigative Department of the Mossos D’Esquadra.
According to the Spanish Government Secretary for Gender Violence, they are also investigating the case to determine if Maldonado is the first woman to be killed in a case of gender-based violence in 2020.
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