The Provincial Court of Huelva has received the procedure followed by the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 1 of Valverde del Camino (Huelva) against the man accused of sexually assault and murder in the month of December 2018 in the town of El Campillo to Laura Luelmo, -the young 26-year-old teacher from Zamora-, for the holding of the corresponding trial with a popular jury, an oral hearing that is currently pending in the Court.
There is still no date for the trial for the crime of Laura Luelmo, for which Bernardo Montoya will sit on the bench, who was arrested on December 18, 2018, just one day after the discovery of the teacher’s body in the an area known as Las Mimbreras on the outskirts of El Campillo, a town where he lived on the same street as his alleged murderer. The young woman had just arrived in the town to teach classes at the institute in the neighboring municipality of Nerva.
For its part, the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 1 of Valverde del Camino referred the case on July 9 to the Provincial Court of Huelva, a procedure that, once received that same day at the Court, has corresponded in turn to the magistrate of the Third Section Florentino G. Ruiz Yamuza.
As reported by the TSJA, on June 17 the judge of First Instance and Instruction number 1 of Valverde del Camino issued an order that decreed the opening of oral proceedings against the accused, understanding that there is “sufficient” evidence of the commission of alleged crimes of illegal detention, sexual assault and murder, indicating as the competent body for the prosecution the Provincial Court of Huelva.
The judge made this decision after receiving the briefs of provisional conclusions presented by the Prosecutor’s Office; the private accusation exercised by the victim’s family, and the popular accusation exercised by the Junta de Andalucía. Likewise, the investigator has required the accused to provide a deposit of 800,000 euros in order to ensure the pecuniary liabilities that may be declared pertinent.
In this same order, the judge maintains the precautionary measure of provisional prison, communicated and without bail of the investigated, situation in which he has been since December 22, 2018, a decision that the instructor adopts because she considers that the circumstances that were taken into account at the time to adopt said decision have not changed and the risk of flight persists ” in view of the requested penalty and the possibility that the investigated may commit other criminal acts of the same nature “.
The Public Ministry and the accusations brought by the family of the victim and the Junta de Andalucía requested the maintenance of said precautionary measure, which the judge now accepts, considering the arguments presented in the order of December 4, 2020 by the that the Court extended the accused’s provisional prison situation and in the resolutions that agreed on the appropriateness of said measure.
The murder of Laura Luelmo
The murder of this teacher shocked the country Since there were massive concentrations of rejection and the races that were called in memory of the young woman, who was wearing sportswear at the time of her disappearance on December 12, 2018.
The complaint was filed by the family and the corresponding search device was activated to find his whereabouts, and it was found on December 17 of that year. A volunteer participating in the search efforts found women’s clothing in the area of Las Mimbreras and Civil Guard found the body about 200 meters from the place where the garments were found, semi-hidden in an area of embankment and bushes.
The autopsy carried out at the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) of Huelva proved that Luelmo suffered sexual abuse, in addition to a strong blow that caused his death between December 14 and 15, andThat is to say, between two and three days after their disappearance.
Bernardo Montoya, with a serious criminal record such as the murder of an old woman, who is in provisional prison as the alleged perpetrator. He confessed to the crime in the police questioning at first, but later changed his statement and since April 4, 2019 he maintains the version about what it was his ex-girlfriend who was allegedly responsible for the girl’s death.
In all this time, the teacher’s family has asked for the greatest respect and privacy to face this tragic event. The family, who at the time demanded a “public request for forgiveness” from the State for their “resounding failure” When “not being able to guarantee the right to life and physical integrity” of his daughter, he already announced that he was requesting the permanent reviewable prison for Montoya.
The displays of affection in El Campillo and Nerva have been many in this time and in fact the multifunctional pavilion of the first town was renamed Laura Luelmo, as well as the drawing room of the nervense institute where the young woman taught classes in order to commemorate the teacher.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.