Story by: Ana Lacasa, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
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This is the shocking moment a man shoots his secretary in the head at point blank range after she allegedly caught him stealing from the company.
The incident was caught on CCTV security cameras in the secretary’s office at a sanitation company in the city of Aregua, in the Central Department of Paraguay, near the country’s capital of Asuncion.
The footage shows Alcides Alvarenga, 67, treasurer for the firm, approach his secretary, Miriam Soto Sanchez, 37, with a pistol in his hand.
The woman raises up her hand to try to protect herself but the man shoots her twice in the back and shoulder, before shooting her once more in the head as what appears to be blood splatters onto some papers on her desk.
Ms Soto Sanchez slumps to the floor as the man turns on his heels and walks out of the office with no more than a backward glance at her motionless body.
Their fellow workers called the police after hearing the shots and police quickly arrived on the scene to launch a murder investigation.
Cops found Alvarenga at his home in the city after viewing the CCTV footage. He reportedly told cops he had lost his temper after his secretary insulted his family.
They at first suspected the pair had been involved in a relationship which had turned sour but their investigations soon turned them in a different direction.
They now say Alvarenga killed Ms Soto Sachez because she had discovered he had been stealing millions from the company.
The incident reportedly began with a heated row between the pair just after the start of the working day. Alvarenga allegedly stormed out, but then returned with the gun.
Prosecutor Miguel Vera, who is in charge of the investigation, said Alvarenga had been charged with murder and faced five to 30 years in prison if he is convicted.
Ms Soto Sachez’s grieving relatives are calling for him to face the maximum possible punishment.
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