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Axarquía murder suspect has previous conviction for domestic violence

Detectives at the home of María Adela Fortes Molina in Los Romanes on Tuesday.
Detectives at the home of María Adela Fortes Molina in Los Romanes on Tuesday. / EFE
  • María Adela Fortes, who was stabbed to death on Monday in La Viñuela, had met her alleged killer a few months ago online

  • He had already been given a suspended sentence for domestic violence and had been reported several times by previous partners

A 44-year-old resident of La Viñuela, María Adela Fortes Molina, was found dead in her home in the Axarquía municipality on Monday night with around 30 stab wounds to her body. Her boyfriend, José Manuel Olea, 47, whom she had met just months previously on the internet, was arrested in Marbella and has been sent to Alhaurín jail without bail.

The body of María Adela, who had been widowed four years ago, was found by the parents of her late husband when they returned home to their flat on the ground floor of the building they shared with the victim in Los Romanes, a cluster of houses close to La Viñuela village. Paramedics could do no more than to certify her death when they arrived on the scene.

The woman's son told the Guardia Civil that on Monday evening he had seen his mother's partner leave the property in his car. Officers discovered a trail of blood leading from the house to the place where the man had parked his car.

Suspecting a case of domestic violence detectives launched a search for Olea, who lives in Marbella. A Local Police officer spotted the vehicle by chance and the suspected killer was detained in Calle Juan de la Cierva.

He was covered in blood but told officers, “I don't remember what I've done, I've had a lot to drink.” However a breathalyser test showed a negative result.

Further investigation revealed that Olea had been reported for domestic violence on seven previous occasions by two former partners.

In one case in 2012 he had been found guilty and given a nine-month suspended prison sentence, a two-year ban on possessing and carrying weapons and a restraining order to protect his former partner.

Olea is also due to appear in court in May accused of violence against another former partner reported in May 2016. He faces another nine-month sentence in this case and the restraining order issued remains in force.

Other reports made against Olea have been shelved. He had not been reported by María Adela.

José Manuel Olea appeared before a judge and was sent to Alhaurín de la Torre prison on Wednesday without bail, after exercising his right to remain silent when questioned. The homicide inquiry is ongoing.

Facebook profiles

“I want to meet girls for friendship or something more,” is the message of introduction on one of José Manuel's ten Facebook accounts. In total he has around 500 “friends” on social media, nearly all of them women.