Woman sur­vives bru­tal knife at­tack in Almería city

Man hangs him­self af­ter slash­ing part­ner's throat in El Puche

Costa Almería News - - Front Page - By Emma Ran­dle

A woman who nearly died af­ter her part­ner cut her throat in the El Puche district of Almería city is re­cov­er­ing in Tor­recár­de­nas hos­pi­tal.

The al­leged as­sailant, a 42year-old north African man, hanged him­self in a green­house af­ter at­tack­ing the vic­tim at their home with a knife last Sun­day, slit­ting her neck and caus­ing a num­ber of stab wounds.

The in­ci­dent comes just two weeks af­ter a Cuevas woman was killed by her part­ner who also com­mit­ted sui­cide by hang­ing him­self.

The lat­est vic­tim, a 30-yearold Moroc­can woman, man­aged to sur­vive de­spite mas­sive blood loss.

Her part­ner fled the scene, trig­ger­ing a man­hunt through­out the area with pa­trols on all the main roads out of El Puche. How­ever, it was field work­ers who found his body less than 24 hours later, hang­ing in a green­house near El Alquián.

The woman was ad­mit­ted to in­ten­sive care “fight­ing for her life” but is now re­cov­er­ing with a “favourable” prog­no­sis, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment given by the gov­ern­ment del­e­gate in Almería, An­drés Garcia Lorca, on Tues­day.

He de­scribed the case as an “anom­aly” say­ing there had been no pre­vi­ous record of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the fam­ily.

The cou­ple have two chil­dren who were un­harmed and have been taken into care.

So far this year three women have died from do­mes­tic abuse in the prov­ince, as well as seven in An­dalucía and 42 through­out Spain, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment fig­ures.

Mean­while the re­gional do­mes­tic vi­o­lence fo­rum held its third an­nual con­fer­ence in Vera this week, where the di­rec­tor of the Junta’s do­mes­tic vi­o­lence depart­ment, An­ge­les Sepúlveda en­cour­aged vic­tims al­ways to de­nounce ag­gres­sion and seek help from the var­i­ous sup­port sys­tems.

She said: “I urge ev­ery­one not to tol­er­ate any kind of vi­o­lent be­hav­iour, no mat­ter how small, be­cause sadly it could re­sult in mur­der.”

Do­mes­tic abuse vic­tims can ob­tain help by call­ing the 900 712535 and 016 free-phone num­bers.

The vic­tim is re­cov­er­ing in Tor­recár­de­nas hos­pi­tal

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