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The woman (right) accused of killing and freezing a 62-year-old man
The woman (right) accused of killing and freezing a 62-year-old man / EFE

“I’m a monster... take me to the police”

  • Woman accused of murdering a man and freezing his body in her ice cream shop shows remorse as trial gets under way

The brothers of María del Carmen Q. B., the woman accused of killing a 62-year-old man then putting his body in a freezer, testified on Tuesday, saying that the accused called them after the episode, which occurred on 9 January 2016 in the Macarena area of Seville, to tell them that she was a “monster” and that they should hand her over to the police.

When they arrived, they found her drinking from a bottle of whisky, with bruises on her face and scratches on her legs. She told them there was a dead man in her ice cream shop, that there had been a fight and that he touched her.

Speaking on Wednesday, she said that due to her alcoholism and frequent consumption of cocaine and sleeping pills, she couldn’t remember exactly what happened, apart from a fight and her moment of panic when she put the body in the freezer. She says she cannot recall hitting him over the head with an umbrella, nor strangling him with a cable - accusations that have the prosecution calling for 20 years behind bars.

The defence, meanwhile, is calling for a lesser sentence of five years, citing her repentence, having apologised for “destroying” the family.