The woman found dead on Tuesday in a Vitoria home was cut her throat by her husband with a knife , who committed suicide by stabbing the same weapon in his chest , while the couple’s two minor children remained in the house, as reported to Efe sources familiar with the case.
Apparently, the couple had separated or were in the process of separation. The regional police have already officially confirmed that the investigation indicates that the death of the woman is a new case of sexist violence. It would be the 36th fatality due to this scourge so far this year and 1,114 since 2003, when records of this type of crime began to be taken.
The events were recorded at around 7:20 am this morning in a house on the first floor of number 22 Antonio Machado Street, in the Sansomendi neighborhood of the capital of Alava, inside which were also the two minor children of age.
According to the same sources, the 42-year-old man has locked the 37- year-old woman on a balcony of the house and cut her throat with a kitchen knife. Then he cut his neck with the same knife and stuck it in his chest, at the level of his heart.
The couple’s two children, aged 17 and 13, have notified the emergency services that when they went to the scene they still found the man alive, but he had already lost a lot of blood and despite resuscitation attempts, he has deceased at the scene.
Apparently, the man had told a relative on occasion, about his wife and in relation to the separation process, that he was going to kill her, according to the same sources.
The Ministry of Equality recalls that the resources available 24 hours a day to assist possible victims are telephone 016, email email@example.com and the WhatsApp channel at number 600 000 016.
In an emergency situation, you can call 112 or the emergency numbers of the National Police (091) and the Civil Guard (062) and, when the call is impossible, you can use the ALERTCOPS application, from which An alert signal will be sent to the police with geolocation.
Equality indicates that these means of assistance can be activated by the victim and also by anyone who knows or suspects a case of gender violence
Reaction of the Basque Government
The Vice-Lehedakari and Security Councilor of the Basque Government, Josu Erkoreka, has considered violence against women “unacceptable” and has affirmed that the Basque Country “is experiencing a black day.” Erkoreka, in a message on social networks, has indicated that “everything indicates that a man has killed his wife in the family home, where his minor children were present.” They are, as he lamented, “three new victims of the most abrupt and cruel manifestation of inequality between men and women.”
“Violence against women is unacceptable” and supposes “a serious violation of human rights”, has indicated the Basque Minister of Security, who has indicated that so far this year, the Errtzaintza and the local police of Euskadi have registered almost 2,300 complaints in this area.