Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tribunal revokes freedom of man who was released after stabbing ex-wife 17 times

Ana Campos Esquivel is recovering in a Hospital in Osa,Puntarenas, after being stabbed 17 times. (Photo: Juan Diego Jara/La Nacion)By Uri Ridelman

The recapture of a man that tried to kill his ex-wife by stabbing her 17 times has been ordered after an appeal was presented to a judicial tribunal and accepted by the three judges.

Mainor Morales, 51, had been released by judge Rosa Castillo Cordero after spending just a day in jail under the conditions that he stays away from victim Ana Campos Esquivel and her family, leaves the town where she lives and goes to a judicial dispatch to sign every two weeks.

The attack took place in Osa, Puntarenas, and apparently the motive was a restraining order that Campos had requested against Morales. After their divorce and suffering physical abuse during their years of marriage Campos said that Morales had repeatedly threatened to kill her. Police expects to carry the arrest of Morales within the next few hours. Morales is believed to be staying with family members in the area of San Isidro del General in Perez Zeledon.

Ironically, Morales was released on the day that the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was being celebrated.

Information from newspapers La Nacion and Diario Extra was used on this story.

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