Twenty years in prison for killing his partner with ten stab wounds in Guadalajara

Saturday, November 4, 2023, 12:07

The Provincial Court of Guadalajara has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for stabbing his wife to death. The events occurred on May 29, 2021 at the home they both shared in Alovera (Guadalajara).

The now convicted man, Álvaro Martín de la Cruz, a 54-year-old Spaniard, ended the life of Nicoleta Clara, of Romanian origin and 41 years old when the events occurred, stabbing her ten times with two kitchen knives. It was the aggressor himself who called the 112 emergency service to tell what happened after having called his sister and a nephew.

Controlling and jealous

There was no record of any complaint from the victim regarding gender violence. However, the couple’s relationship had deteriorated some time ago. According to her testimony, they argued over a shirt and the woman reproached her for taking bad care of her dogs. The dispute escalated and, according to Álvaro, Nicoleta went to the kitchen where she grabbed two knives, starting a struggle between the two that ended tragically. However, the Civil Guard agents and the forensic experts in charge of the autopsy dismantled the man’s version during the trial since, as they stated, the woman did not have injuries consistent with having defended herself, so she was stabbed by surprise.

In the trial, Álvaro’s personality has also been revealed. According to several witnesses, he was controlling and very jealous of Nicoleta. In fact, the woman asked family and neighbors on several occasions to change the PIN access to her mobile phone because her partner was reading all her conversations on WhatsApp. Furthermore, she forbade her to wear makeup to work, told her what clothes she should wear, and in public she even called her “useless” and said that “she gets out of jail but not out of the cemetery.” During the trial, it was also shown that Nicoleta intended to divorce him, which would have been a problem for Álvaro since only she worked and the apartment was in the woman’s name.

The now convicted man asked for “heartfelt forgiveness” during the trial and assured that “my greatest sentence is not prison but what I am going to carry inside.” Twenty years in prison for murder with treachery and aggravating relationship is the sentence established in the sentence, five less than what the prosecution and the private prosecution requested. For its part, the defense had requested a maximum sentence of 17 and a half years in prison for a crime of homicide. He must also compensate his in-laws with 94,000 euros and 17,000 euros to each of the victim’s brothers.

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