Rosario Porto, sentenced together with her ex-husband Alfonso Basterra to 18 years in prison for the treacherous murder and aggravated kinship of her adoptive daughter, Asunta, in September 2013, was found dead this Wednesday in her cell in the Brieva women’s prison, in Ávila, where the Infanta Cristina’s husband, Iñaki Urdangarín, is also serving a sentence. Apparently, and as revealed this morning by several television programs, such as The Ana Rosa Program, in the cell where Rosario Porto was located, the Police also found a notebook with notes. Now the investigating agents are trying to find out what was in that notebook to see if it sheds light on what happened.
The Compostela lawyer committed suicide just as she killed the little 12-year-old Asunta: with planned coldness. At eight in the morning he greeted the officials who pass through each of the cells in the first count of the day. I was dressed and clean to go down to breakfast. But it did not.
Missing her in the dining room several officials approached his cell, which he did not share with anyone. There she was found hanging with a cloth belt (possibly made from sheets) in a window. They tried to revive her, like the 112 troops, who were alerted and went immediately to the penitentiary, but they could not save her life, according to sources from Penitentiary Institutions.
Rosario Porto’s cell was perfectly collected, with his things ordered as if he had prepared his own death well in advance. Extreme that has surprised in the prison, because his attitude in recent weeks did not presage such an end, although because of the covid-19 he had been isolated and without visits. With hardly any family, just a few cousins who came from time to time to visit her, the pandemic took away those little joys.
However, according to Brieva workers, Everything pointed to the fact that he had overcome the depression who advised her to be transferred from the A Lama prison in Pontevedra last March and was once again active. She had ordered some creams and was worrying again about looking good and socializing with her peers. For all these reasons, the anti-suicide protocol had been withdrawn.
Did you pretend to be in better emotional condition than you actually were? Did she thus prepare the removal of the so-called “shadow prey” that usually accompanied her? These are some of the questions to which an answer is sought in the two investigations launched after the suicide, one opened by Penitentiary Institutions and another by the Investigating Court of the Brieva prison.
The doubts of Asunta’s death, unsolved
The outcome of Rosaro Porto occurs without her ever admitting her participation, nor that of her ex-husband, Alfonso Basterra, in the murder of the minor who was found dead on a forest track near a house owned by the woman and who It was precisely last October that it caught fire causing significant damage.
That building, now burned, was where, according to the jury, the girl’s parents perpetrated the murder by mechanical asphyxiation and then moved her to a hidden track just over a kilometer away. There the body appeared, close to orange ropes very similar to those that were also found in the chalet.
To appearance of the body on September 21, 2013 It was followed by a frenzy of months of unknowns about the disappearance of the Asian girl, although, from the beginning, the investigation focused on the adoptive parents who were arrested two and three days after the event.
The witness inconsistencies of Rosario Porto and Alfonso BasterraHis unprovable theories quickly sparked suspicions, prompting his arrests for murder, a rating that was subsequently raised. The instruction followed from the Compostela court went through different phases since at first, Rosario Porto refused to collaborate in the proceedings and, later, presented up to three different versions about the steps that she and her daughter had taken on the day of the facts.
During the oral hearing of the case in the Compostela courts, which was held under a major media spotlight at the end of 2015, the version of the parents was always the same. They both pleaded not guilty and insisted that Asunta was the thing they wanted most in the world. However, the statements of the convicts did not convince either the judge or the popular jury who, unanimously, declared them guilty of the violent death of the little girl after toxicological tests determined that Asunta had been sedated with benzodiazepines for several months before. of his death.
According to forensics, on the day of her death, the day the little girl had eaten with both parents, Asunta would have ingested at least 27 Orfidal pills. The parents justified the significant concentrations of this tranquilizer to the medication to treat a supposed allergic condition, a pathology that Asunta’s pediatrician denied. The highest concentrations in the victim were found at the beginning of the summer, when two teachers from Asunta noticed her states of drowsiness, and on the day she died -the day 21-, with the most striking record, since there the dose is lethal.
Days before the crime, the girl missed school and her ballet classes, to which she sometimes went dizzy, a situation that nobody understood as risky and that only after the death of the little girl became relevant. An unexplained crime that, now, after the alleged suicide of the mother, Rosario Porto, loses one of the people who could shed light.
The father, Alfonso Basterra, also convicted, continues in the Teixeiro prison in A Coruña and this same year he requested permission to leave prison after serve a quarter of the sentence imposed, but Penitentiary Institutions denied it. Now, it has been agreed to apply the anti-suicide protocol to him as well, after informing him of Porto’s death and the officials verifying his reaction, since he has been “very impressed” by the news, according to prison sources.
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