Tuesday, February 3, 2009

First Domestic Violence Trial Begins

The first trial for domestic violence under the new Ley Contra el Femicidio (Law Against Femicide), passed by Congress in April 2008, began today when a court heard testimony from the victim and a witness. In her statement, Vilma Angelica Marroquin de La Cruz, 34, told the court that the assault was by her husband, Simon Calixto Cun, against whom the prosecutor seeks 12 years imprisonment.

Simon was arrested on June 2, 2008 when, in full public view, he slapped and kicked his wife.

According to police records, domestic violence killed 722 women last year, 384 of them in the metropolitan area. Meanwhile, according to the PNC, the number of women killed so far in 2009 has been 29.

After hearing the victim and the witness, the officer who arrested the assailant, the court announced that it will set a date for the next hearing and likely hear the testimony of the accused.

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