Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Joana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash
A Colombian man has been arrested for raping and torturing his abducted girlfriend over eight days before throwing her from a fourth-floor apartment window.
The victim Maria Alejandra Rojas broke up with her boyfriend Jose Maria Ortega Nino at his apartment in the neighbourhood of Cedritos in the Colombian capital Bogota on 23rd August.
Ortega then locked Rojas up in a bathroom, beat her with a pair of shoes, and left her for eight hours under a cold running shower, according to reports.
Over the course of the next eight days, he allegedly assaulted the 24-year-old woman verbally, psychologically, sexually, and physically for eight hours a day.
Every day, Ortega told Rojas he was going to kill her, until on 31st August he left a window open overlooking the street.
Rojas stuck her head out and began screaming for help. However, when Ortega realised, he reportedly threw her out the fourth-floor window.
The young woman was rescued by the fire brigade and taken to hospital. She is currently recovering in intensive care.
Rojas suffered fractures to her legs, hips, pelvis and a severe maxillofacial fracture that knocked out all her teeth in the fall.
In a message shared on social media, the young woman wrote: “I’m currently only eating liquid food and I’m unable to keep supporting my family.
“Since 31st August I’ve been in intensive care for 13 days, fighting for my life. The doctors said it was a miracle.
“So far I’ve had five operations and more to come on my face.”
Rojas revealed that Ortega was not immediately arrested. She wrote: “Although there’s a filed complaint, the authorities have not ‘been able’ to arrest him for some ‘strange ($)’ reason, even though he’s moved house after hurting me, helped by relatives and friends, and he’s been seen in the street and at public events as if nothing had happened.”
She also revealed she feared for her life again: “I fear for me and my family’s safety, given that he threatened to harm my son and my mum, so I want to make it clear that anything that may happen to us is Jose Maria Ortega Nino’s fault.”
Ortega’s detention was finally ordered on 15th September and his indictment in 12 investigative proceedings was reported by local media on 17th November.
The Prosecutor’s Office will file charges of kidnapping, torture and rape against the suspect. He is also indicted in similar proceedings for physical and psychological assault against several former partners.
Rojas remains in hospital where she is still recovering from the injuries she sustained in the fall.
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