PIERO, a thirty-five-year-old man accused of killing his mother in Velez-Malaga last week, is believed to have argued with her over money.
The man, who explained he was “out of his mind,” was also believed to have been in withdrawal from a drug addiction, and has now been jailed without bail awaiting trial. At his hearing Piero, a fisherman in Caleta de Velez, expressed remorse for killing his sixty-three-year-old mother, Maria Ines.
The woman was found with a stab wound to her chest when her ex-husband, Elio, came to collect to work at the supermarket business they still shared. After getting no reply ringing the building’s buzzer, Elio entered, finding his ex-wife in a pool of blood, before calling the police.
On finding Elio on the building’s steps, covered in blood, officers initially thought he had committed the crime before learning Piero had handed himself in at a police station shortly before the find, telling officers, “I think I’ve killed my mother. The knife is on the sofa.”
Maria Ines was from a well-known local family, with six siblings who own businesses in Velez Malaga. She had been living in the home she was killed in for over 30 years and neighbours were quick to pay tribute to the well-regarded woman, with one describing her as ‘extraordinary, polite and kind. She never bothered anyone’.
The incident has now rocked the neighbourhood, with one resident describing Piero as “a very shy and reserved boy”, and another commenting, “you would never think something like this would happen.”