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Mother and daughter who murdered MP jailed for 22 and 20 years respectively
thinkSPAIN , Thursday, March 10, 2016

A WOMAN who shot dead the MP for León has been sentenced to 22 years in prison and her daughter to 20 years for conspiracy.

Montserrat González, 56, openly admitted to the murder of Isabel Carrasco (PP) and insisted it was either the victim or her daughter.

Triana Martínez, 35, had allegedly suffered a nervous breakdown due to workplace bullying, victimisation and constructive dismissal, according to her own and her mother's statements.

Carrasco herself had been described as arrogant and autocratic by inside sources, and Montserrat said the MP had 'made her daughter's life hell'.

Montserrat shot Carrasco, 58, three times in the head as the latter was walking across a bridge from her block of flats in the city of León to a meeting at the provincial council, or Diputación de León, which she was head of.

Triana is said to have helped her find the gun and then assisted in disposing of it with the help of her Local Police officer friend Raquel Gago, 42.

Raquel has been sentenced to five years for covering up the crime.

Montserrat has stressed all along that her daughter was not involved in the murder and had even tried to talk her out of it, whilst Raquel said she had had no idea that the gun she found in her patrol car had been placed there by Triana.

According to Triana, she and Carrasco were good friends in the beginning and she even went to Carrasco's home socially on several occasions, but claimed the MP made sexual advances to her, insinuating it would be beneficial to her career if she agreed.

Triana said she rejected her and ran home in a panic, and that from this moment her working life became increasingly impossible until Carrasco arranged for her job as a telecommunications engineer – which had been created with Triana in mind – to disappear.

But Triana had said nothing of the alleged sexual harassment until she spoke to a court psychiatrist, and Carrasco's boyfriend said he had never seen or heard any sign that his partner may be attracted to women.

Although Montserrat is considered the material author of the murder, Triana's cooperation was considered 'necessary' to have committed the crime, and their very similar sentences reflect this.

They are also required to pay €75,000 in compensation each to Carrasco's boyfriend and her daughter Loreto.

Their sentences include three years and two-and-a-half years respectively for illegal possession of firearms, for which Raquel also faces two years in jail in addition to another three for covering up the killing.

Raquel is not considered an 'accomplice' or 'accessory' to the crime, since her participation was not fundamental to its being carried out, and came into play after it had been committed – but she is considered guilty of covering up since she knew about Triana's and Montserrat's plans in advance and had agreed to play a role.

Her sentence is the maximum possible for the combination of illegal possession of firearms and concealment of a crime, since her job as Local Police officer gave her an even greater level of responsibility to uphold law and order.

Neither mother nor daughter are permitted to go near or contact Carrasco's partner or daughter for the next 25 years.

Montserrat has been remanded in custody without bail.

The anecdote of the trial was a fine of €1,000 levied on Raquel's solicitor Fermín Guerrero for contempt of court after he failed to turn up to one of the hearings at the end of January without warning or known reason.


Photograph: Triana Martínez (L), Montserrat González (back row, R), Raquel Gago (R)




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