Friday, December 3

“My dad cut my mom with a knife”

The portal where the crime took place, in the Ollerías neighborhood of Bilbao.

The portal where the crime took place, in the Ollerías neighborhood of Bilbao.

The social educator of the reception house of the Diputación de Bizkaia where the daughters of the marriage formed by Bara N. and Maguette Mbeugou, after the husband will kill the wife in 2018, has reported that the oldest, who was 4 years old at the time, spontaneously recounted and faced with different situations that “my father cut my mother with a knife.”

“Both the oldest and the youngest, 2 years old, they cried every night with great anguish calling their mother; The little girl did not express herself, although she knew how to speak, she seemed a lifeless girl, I have not seen anything like it in my 15 years of experience … and the oldest said that her mother was very ill, full of tomatoes and that she had to be taken to the doctor to put band-aids on him, “said the educator during the third session of this murder trial held this Tuesday at the Vizcaya Court.

The events under trial occurred on September 24, 2018 at the family home on Calle Ollerías, in Bilbao, when the young Senegalese Maguette Mbeugou, 25, was stabbed to death in the presence of her daughters, who lived alone with their mother’s lifeless body for more than a day. The body had 84 stab wounds and the woman died with her throat slit.

The Prosecutor’s Office and the different accusations on behalf of the victim’s brother, the Bilbao City Council and the Bizkaia Provincial Council consider the husband and father of the girls to be the author of this murder, and of the crimes of abandonment of minors and habitual abuse, for those who ask for sentences close to 40 years, while the defense maintains that it was the wife who initiated the attack and that in the struggle, the defendant killed her, for which he asks for 8 years for a crime of homicide.

In addition to the educator, the City Council social worker who treated Maguette Mbeugou during the nine months prior to her murder and after she went to Basurto Hospital with an anxiety attack also testified this Tuesday. There he told the health workers that he had suffered physical, mental and economic abuse for years.

Later, she told the worker that her husband slapped, shoved and kicked her, and that he had threatened to kill her at one time, saying: “Either I will kill myself, or I will kill you.” The woman filed a complaint with the court of gender violence and asked for protection, but the husband was acquitted and the justice denied him protection.

In this Monday’s session, several ertzainas have also declared that they participated in the arrest of the accused and the investigation of the case.

According to reports, after killing his wife, Bara N. went to Mutriku (Gipuzkoa) to the house of a friend. There they arrested him when he tried to escape through a window of the house. At first, he told the agents that he had “had a problem with his wife and that he was the perpetrator”, but later, at the police station, he did not say more and his demeanor was “cold and absent”.

“It was as if the film was not with him, as if you were talking about the weather. He did not ask about his daughters, only about how his situation was,” explained one of the ertzainas.

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