Black widow plot thick­ens

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Alex Watkins

SPAN­ISH me­dia have been cap­ti­vated with the story of the wheel­chair­bound new­ly­wed de­tained for al­legedly stab­bing her hus­band to death with a screw­driver in Ali­cante with the help of her carer.

Iden­ti­fied only as Con­cep­ción, but known as Conchi, re­ports of her colour­ful past have spec­u­lated on the sus­pects’ pos­si­ble mo­tives and dubbed her a ‘black widow’.

One such the­ory is that 45year­old Conchi, orig­i­nally from Onil, had en­tered into a mar­riage of con­ve­nience with the 69­year­old vic­tim in Guardamar del Se­gura so that she could con­tinue to fake be­ing a tetraplegic.

Sources with knowl­edge of the case told state news agency EFE that the Na­tional Po­lice be­lieve this is why she con­spired with her sup­posed carer, who is aged 58 and also from Onil.

Nev­er­the­less, she had to be car­ried by of­fi­cers into the court­house, where the in­ves­ti­gat­ing judge de­nied bail and or­dered both of them to be held in cus­tody on re­mand.

Nei­ther sus­pect made a state­ment to po­lice or to the judge but wit­nesses and peo­ple close to the vic­tim, who is orig­i­nally from San­tander, have claimed she was a fraud.

She was sup­pos­edly ren­dered tetraplegic by an ac­ci­dent and told her hus­band’s friends she was wait­ing to re­ceive €200,000 in com­pen­sa­tion and a dis­abil­ity pen­sion.

But sev­eral wit­nesses, in­clud­ing the off­duty po­lice­woman who tried to stop the at­tack in an open­air car park in the city’s Al­bufer­eta area, claim Conchi was hold­ing the vic­tim down while her carer stabbed him in the head, neck and chest.

Oth­ers say they saw her at her wed­ding get out of her wheel­chair and into the car with­out any help.

A friend of the de­ceased claimed he had told him he al­ready knew the carer was in a re­la­tion­ship with his bride, and the carer had a ter­mi­nal ill­ness which could kill him within a few months.

For this rea­son, and to pre­vent her hav­ing to move into a care home when her carer died, he had proposed they get mar­ried so she could say she had some­one to look af­ter her.

Po­lice be­lieve the cou­ple did not live to­gether af­ter the wed­ding, which took place just a short time af­ter they met, and sus­pect that the vic­tim may have done so for money.

At the time of their ar­rests, both sus­pects were wear­ing dark clothes, hats and gar­den­ing gloves over rub­ber ones, and had a blan­ket on the ground which may have been to wrap the body in.

It has also emerged that Conchi had three pre­vi­ous hus­bands, the third of which was ac­tu­ally mur­dered, a crime for which his own brother was con­victed.

The daugh­ter of her sec­ond hus­band gave an in­ter­view claim­ing that her step­mother mis­treated her when she lived with her from the age of four to six.

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