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“I am guilty”, says a defendant after asking for acquittal

José Antonio Luis Aguiar, who is serving 17.5 years in prison for a murder committed in room 306 of the Pensión Padrón in the capital of Tenerife, has recognized this Monday, after his lawyer requested his acquittal, that he is also guilty of the death of Adoración VR, who passed away in the same room.

The first of these two deaths was that of Adoración, in June 2009, but his body was found in a ravine in 2016, when the defendant was serving a sentence for the murder of an ex-soldier, whose lifeless body was found in August 2010, eight months after death, between two mattresses in room 306.

In the jury trial that began this Monday, the Public Prosecutor’s Office has maintained its request for 25 years in prison for the murder of Adoración, a woman who lost her life when she was 43 years old and who, according to one of her three daughters, , was “dark, long hair, pretty, skinny (about 47 kilos) and petite (147 centimeters)”.

Adoración died a few days after spending three years in prison, the same time as José Antonio, who was convicted of assaulting the woman with whom, according to the prosecutor, he had a romantic relationship, but who he assured was a friendship.

Adoración’s corpse presented multiple traumas, as well as broken four ribs on both sides and the left fibula, and, according to the account of the Public Prosecutor, she suffered a traumatic shock that could have caused her death.

But, the prosecutor has indicated, the accused grabbed the victim with his hands by the neck or put him in a key and strangled her until he fractured the hyoid bone. The prosecutor has indicated that the accused waited about 12 hours, until rigor mortis disappeared, to clean blood stains from the room, but he did not notice a few drops that remained on the head of the bed, and has also said that José Antonio took a photograph of the corpse with a mobile phone.

He added that the defendant wrapped the body in sheets and a blanket, put it in two knapsacks that they gave him when he left prison, and hid it in a cave in the Barranco de Santos, which is about 300 meters from the pension. The body was found 7 years later, when the rains moved the land and it was left in view of some passers-by, and what led to its recognition were the drops of blood found on the headboard of room 306.

The prosecutor has highlighted that Adoración and José Antonio had a sentimental relationship and that she helped him financially, and has stressed that her death occurred after an argument presumably because she wanted to end that relationship. He has stressed that it is a murder, not a homicide, because she acted with treachery and cruelty.

The defense has asked the jury not to be carried away by conjecture, and after emphasizing that sentimental relationships are not synonymous with sexual relations, it has questioned whether the photograph on a mobile phone was made by his client, and has claimed that it should not be take into account his history of assaults. José Antonio has assured that the relationship was one of friendship, as well as that the 50 times they saw each other in the three years in prison were as friends, and has recognized that Adoración, who received a pension of between 400 and 500 euros for a disability of the 90 percent helped him financially because he wanted to.

She has stated that when she was released from prison in April 2009 she went to the aforementioned pension, where she received a call from Adoration because she would be out a few days later, and, as she has stated, at first she stayed in another room, but later they shared room 306, that it had two beds, because it was friends. José Antonio has commented that they were “always” arguing due to the problems caused by the toxic substances you were consuming, crack and heroin, and he acknowledged that during one of those discussions he punched Adoración “four or five” but never kicked and When he saw that she wasn’t breathing, he waited before putting her in a rucksack.

He thought of leaving the body in a container but decided to throw it into the ravine during the day, and he considered that at that moment the victim’s ribs could have been broken, and he denied that there was blood in the room. José Antonio has insisted that at that time he was “very bad” due to his drug addiction problems, and has pointed out that he did think of contacting Adoración’s relatives, but he did not because he did not have the contacts of the. He has asserted that he was very fond of her because he had helped her.

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