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Torrevieja Killer Accepts Murder and 20 Years in Prison

Following a change of direction in the trial in Alicante, a man accused of murdering his partner and sandwiching the body in a meter room in an apartment block in Torrevieja (Alicante) in 2016 has accepted a sentence of 20 years in prison.

The agreement was announced on Tuesday by his lawyer Carlos Martin Borromeo, who said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspect, John Charlie Leiva,  had asked to modify his story, stating that he did intend killing, Johana Bertina PG, accepting, in full, the factual story formulated by the prosecution.

The suspect admitted that he strangled Johanna Bertina PG on the terrace of the family home, on calle Ramón y Cajal in Torrevieja. He did so after surprising her after cornering her and taking advantage of his greater physical build, without giving the victim any chance to defend herself, according to his new testimony.

The woman had previously told a friend of her intention to return to Chile with their two children, a girl and a boy of 14 and 8 years today, because she could no longer bear the arguments and ill-treatment.

After the crime, the confessed murderer took the body from the rooftop of the building to the meter room and hid her body by covering her with cement and bricks. The body was discovered on 17 August, over two months later, in an advanced state of decomposition, and the accused was arrested the same day by the Guardia Civil.

In exchange for his confession, the prosecution have agreed to reduce the sentence to 20 years from 25, which should be handed down later in the week following the decision by the jury and the ruling by the judge.

 

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