A ROMANIAN man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for suffocating his partner to death in an apartment in Denia.
Alicante Provincial Court heard how the defendant and two of his friends met the victim, a wealthy 58-year-old Spanish man, at a bus station in Madrid in August 2014.
The man and his friends were sleeping rough in the bus station as they had no money and the victim let them stay at an apartment he had rented in Madrid.
A romantic relationship grew between the defendant and the victim and a few weeks later they came to Denia for a holiday at an apartment owned by the victim in the Suenos de Denia urbanisation.
The couple were joined by the man’s friends two days later and that night, the group followed the victim to bed and beat him, demanding to know where he kept his money.
They put a sock in the victim’s mouth to stop him from screaming, which caused him to suffocate.
The group scrambled around the house, stealing €10,000 before fleeing.
Five days later, the victim’s body was found in the apartment by his niece, who had called in to check on him after not hearing from him for a while.
The defendant and one of the friends initially pressured the third friend into taking the blame for the events, which was later discovered by the Romanian police to be untrue.
In delivering the verdict, the judge said it was clear the defendant and his friends planned to return to Romania by “stealing from the victim” since they were “tired of depending on him financially.”
The second friend will face trial for his involvement in the events soon.