The suspect was arrested after putting up resistance in La Virreina. SUR
There were scenes of consternation and grief in the Malaga district of La Luz on Monday after local man, Miguel Ángel G. G., 36, allegedly killed his wife, 26, and their five-year-old son. The crime took place in a first floor flat in Avenida Isaac Peral where the family had lived together until the couple separated this summer.
The alarm was raised on Monday when Estefanía T. V. failed to turn up at her parents’ home in the Avenida de Europa where she went every day to look after her grandmother. Neither had Aaron, her son, gone to school that morning.
At lunchtime the woman’s father went to her home and, when there was no answer, he found a ladder and climbed in through a window.
On the bed he discovered the bodies of Estefanía, Aaron and Miguel Ángel who lay between them. He thought all three were dead but, according to the initial investigations, his son-in-law sat up and said, “Do you want me to kill you as well?”. There was a struggle after which the alleged murderer escaped in a blue car.
He was later stopped by a Local Police patrol near the motorway junction at La Virreina in Ciudad Jardín. The suspect resisted arrest and had to be restrained using force, according to police sources. One of the police officers suffered minor injuries.
The area around the flat was cordoned off for more than four hours on Monday afternoon as a crowd of neighbours, friends and onlookers waited until the bodies were eventually removed by the funeral services.
According to sources close to the case, the boy’s body showed no signs of violence and the investigation points to a possible case of poisoning or suffocation.
His mother, however, had been stabbed in the back of the neck. The exact time of death is not known. A neighbour said she spoke to Estefanía when she arrived home with her son at 9.15pm on Sunday evening. Víctor, another neighbour, told SUR that he had seen Miguel Ángel hanging around outside the building some time after 10pm.
The suspect has a criminal record, including attempted homicide dating back to the year 2000 in Torremolinos.
Miguel Ángel and Estefanía had known each other since they were children growing up in the same block of flats in the Barceló development on Avenida de Europa. After they married five years ago they had stayed in the neighbourhood, buying a flat in the building across the road from where they had grown up, in Avenida Isaac Peral.
Estefanía has been described as a cheerful, positive girl who was always willing to help others. However she also had a temper, which is why one neighbour, Loli, who has seen her grow up, believes that she must have been killed in her sleep, “otherwise he would not have got off so lightly”.
The police have confirmed that the young mother had not reported her husband for violence and did not form part of a victim protection plan.
A drugs problem could have been what led to their separation this summer. One friend said that Estefanía had “put up with a lot when he was going to Proyecto Hombre” (a rehabilitation programme for addictions).
“She told me that she had felt let down when she learned that he had lied about his addiction; he said that he had given them up but he hadn’t,” said the friend.
A minute’s silence was held at Malaga City Hall on Monday afternoon.