They had been separated for two years. Jorge Lorenzo Avendaño (44) waited for her inside his own home. Upon arriving at her home, the woman (42) was unable to escape the savage attack, with fist blows and the use of a hammer, which caused serious head injuries. The episode occurred in October 2022. On Thursday, the court sentenced Avendaño to 10 years in prison.
Judge Carolina Poma Salvadores, of Chamber II of the Court of Trial of Metán, in the province of Salta, imposed a prison sentence on Avendaño, which is effectively executed. He was found guilty of attempted aggravated homicide.
Avendaño and the woman, whose identity was withheld, were in a relationship for five years. They had no children. At the time of the attack, they had already been estranged for two years. In addition, she had already asked that the man be excluded from the home.
However, on October 15, 2022, the man broke into the woman's home, located in the Diógenes Zapata neighborhood of San José de Metán, in southern Salta. First he insulted her. He then attacked her with blows with his fist and hammer.
The desperate screams of the victim alerted the neighbors, who knocked on the door of the house. Although they received no response, they decided to force their way into the house due to the continued screaming.
Inside the house they found the woman, with serious head injuries that put her life at risk and were later confirmed by doctors. Avendaño was also there, and when the neighbors arrived, he fled the scene.
Police personnel assisted the woman, who was referred to the Carmen hospital, in the south of Salta. He was admitted with loss of consciousness.
Police also captured the assailant in the vicinity of the house. The man was charged by the criminal prosecutor 2 of Metán, Gonzalo Gómez Amado, in a case for the crime of attempted aggravated homicide.
The judge also ordered the extraction of genetic material from the convicted man by the Molecular Biology Service of the Technical Department of the Fiscal Investigations Corps (CIF), forincorporation into the Genetic Data Bank.
In the verdict released on Thursday, Judge Carolina Poma Salvadores sentenced him to 10 years in prison after finding him guilty on that cover.
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In addition, it ordered the extraction of genetic material from the convicted person by the Molecular Biology Service of the Technical Department of the Fiscal Investigations Corps (CIF), after assigning the Unique Genetic Identification Data (DUIG), for its incorporation into the Genetic Data Bank.
In the same ruling, the man was acquitted of other crimes for which he was charged.
With information from Télam