AN EX-CONVICT has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his former friend with a machete.
The 64-year-old murderer was on trial for stabbing a 74-old-former National Police Chief Inspector 16 times with a machete. The prosecution sought 18 years’ jail time for murder and two years for weapons offences.
The accused, who did not deny the allegation, “surprised” his victim at his home in Torremolinos before killing him. The suspect waited on the doorstep next to his victim’s body before telling police officers, “he did not keep my secret.” It is not known what secret the man is referring to.
Police said the suspect killed the deceased, who was believed to have been his friend, in a “repeated and surprise” stabbing to the man’s head, neck, thorax, abdomen and back with a machete. After the attack, the man told a passer-by to call the police and sat waiting for them before telling them what he had done.
When asked by police why he was carrying the machete, which was 25 centimetres long and four centimetres wide with a saw blade on the back and a pointed end, the man supposedly said he always had it on him.
Witnesses said they saw the man “loitering” outside the victim’s house on Calle Boscon before stabbing him. One driver honked his horn at the attacker several times to get his attention before giving up and calling the police. Prosecutors claimed the suspect went to his former friend’s house “with the evident purpose of causing him death.”
Prosecutors accepted the accused suffered from bipolar disorder but maintained he was aware of his actions on the day of the murder.
CCTV footage allegedly shows the accused trying to remove the machete from his victim’s body, sustaining a cut to a finger on his right hand which required surgery. The man has now been ordered to pay €100,000 in compensation to his victim’s daughter in addition to his jail time.