Carlos Marcelo Di Stefano is 56 years old and has a wide range of cases and complaints in Argentina. Also in Spain. He traveled there on April 24 to harass his ex-wife, who years ago sought refuge in a small town on the outskirts of Madrid to get away from danger. He taped a cell phone under the car: he wanted to know in detail the movements of his ex-partner and his family, including the three children they had together.
The victim discovered the device, the Spanish police arrested the man when he tried to flee and a judge orderedhim to wear an electronic bracelet. The man tore it off and now, after the woman's request and a court order, he was arrested on his return to Ezeiza.
The story has stereotypical edges, as if out of the most lazy Hollywood movie. It also abounds in macabre details that, according to Spanish authorities, are "sufficiently important rational indications of criminality."
Di Stefano moved to Spain on April 24. He had a return ticket for May 30. What the complete plan was is a question that only he can answer. Researchers are trying to get closer to the answer. So far they know that he spent three days in a Madrid hostel, that he rented a car and then traveled to Pozuelo de Alarcón, just east of the capital, as cited by the Encripdata page, which brought the case to light.
The alarm went off when A. (his 41-year-old ex), from whom Di Stefano separated in 2010, found a cellphone taped to the chassis of his car.
She had no doubts: behind that artifact could be her ex-husband. Indeed, the police found that the prepaid chiphad been discharged by Carlos Marcelo Di Stefano. The funny thing is that Migrations, from Argentina, had to send her a notice before the departure of her ex-husband from the country. The system crashed and the message never arrived.
According to the official resolution that was reached after an express investigation, "the objective of Di Stefano was to know the places frequented by A. and his family, to have them controlled, and for this he placed a mobile device in the underside of the vehicle, being that his intention to attack her cannot be ruled out. "
Then the story accelerated. The man, who in Pozuelo de Alarcón slept in the rented vehicle, knew from the GPS signal that the cell phone was at the police station. He wanted to advance his return to Argentina. But the National Police arrested him at Barajas airport.
He was released a few days later. A court order was issued to place an electronic bracelet on him. They wanted to track him and prevent him from approaching his ex-partner and their children. As part of the preventive measures, they imposed a 1,000-meter siege on them and forbade him to approach the town where they live.
But the man ripped off the device. A. learned that the bracelet had stopped delivering signal. She feared that the man would approach her or her children to make threats: "Don't make it to 40," she knew how to tell the woman, and even sent threatening messages to the young people's cell phones.
Finally, he was arrested in Ezeiza when he returned to Argentina. The tracking device had been torn off so as not to arouse suspicion in Barajas. But the Argentine courts had already released, at the request of the woman's lawyer, an arrest warrant for the most recent events.
It is not the first time that the man surprises her in Spain: she had already met him a year after emigrating.
Twenty years of gender violence, threats and a millionaire debt
His return had a deadline. It is that this Monday, June 5, a new trial begins against him, with charges of repeated aggravated threats, breach of the duties of family assistance and fraudulent insolvency to not comply with those obligations.
The first complaints were filed in 2011, after the separation of the marriage. He threatened his ex-mother-in-law with a gun, cut off his finger and wrote on the wall, in his blood, the word "Whore." The message was addressed to A., whom he did not see.
He was sentenced to one year and seven months in prison. He was also prohibited from contacting his relatives. As the man violated this restriction, his sentence was increased by two months.
In total, the woman filed about thirty complaints of abuse and threats, including the promise that he was going to kill her and her children. He was also granted a dozen perimeter panels. The family assistance debt amounts to 13 million pesos.
After the Family Court No. 5 of San Martín gave him full custody of the children he had with Di Stefano, A. settled on the outskirts of Madrid. In Pozuelo de Alarcón he resumed his professional work and also his family life. In addition to the three from his first marriage, today two of them of legal age, he also has two other children with his new partner.
But even then, thousands of miles away and with that resounding change, he could not find peace.