Woman who "ordered" husband's death to stand trial

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 16-12-2019 10:04:00 · 0 Comments

The Court of Sintra begins in January the trial of the woman who "ordered" the death of her husband to a second defendant, a crime committed in Amadora, in 2014, so that the defendant could have an extra-marital relationship.

The Public Prosecutor's Office (MP) indictment, to which the Lusa agency had access, says that Cesaltina Correia, 31 years old, born in Cabo Verde, contacted, on 02 September 2014, Anuar Hassane Bengo, 28 years old, born in Mozambique, and proposed that he kill her husband, "in exchange for the lifetime right to ask for any economic consideration".

The MP states that Cesaltina Correia lived in Amadora with her husband and a daughter of both, now 14 years old, and was having an extra-marital relationship since at least 2012.

The victim had a mortgage insurance, which provided, in case of death of the holder, the settlement of the loan and the payment of compensation to the heirs, if the insured capital was greater than the outstanding capital.

"Thus, in order to be able to live the extra-marital relationship to the full, "Cesaltina Correia formulated the plan of killing her husband Ernesto Correia", the accusation supports.

The plan involved hiring a person who was capable" of doing so, "upon payment of an amount to be agreed upon", ensuring that "all details, including place and date", were determined by her.

About a week before September 2, 2014, the defendant personally contacted Anuar Bengo, who "accepted the proposal, convinced that he would no longer have any economic problems".

The Prosecutor's Office states that Cesaltina obtained a firearm adapted to the calibre of 6.35 millimeters (Browning), two rounds of ammunition and informed Bengo on 1 September that he should kill the victim the next day.

As agreed, on 2 September 2014, Bengo went to Cesaltina’s home at a time when she was alone.

"There, Cesaltina handed him the gun and ammunition, a pair of cloth gloves with an anti-adherent palm and a plastic half-foot cover, which he was supposed to wear, giving him instructions to remain hidden inside the home waiting for the victim to arrive”, the prosecution maintains, adding that the defendant then left for work.

When Ernesto Correia arrived home, Bengo "pointed his gun at him, ordered him to sit on the bed and shot him in the head.

To make sure he was dead, the accused choked and strangled the victim.

"Then Bengo transported the victim to the bathroom, filled the bathtub with water and submerged the body to ensure he was actually dead," the indictment states.

The trial is scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. on January 8.


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