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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

A man from Fulham who killed his wife has been found guilty of murder

24 year old Joaquin Gomez Hernandez killed 33 year old Vanessa Santillan, at her home in Romily Court in March.

He has been sentenced to 14 and a half years' in jail.

The court heard how officers were called to the address by London Ambulance Service at 9.30pm after the defendant had flagged down an ambulance.

Vanessa was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma injuries to the head and neck.

The Old Bailey heard how the couple moved to the UK from Mexico two months before her death.

Gomez Hernandez and his wife had been out the night before she was found dead.

Early in the morning of March the 28th, Vanessa, who worked as an escort, was contacted by a client and arranged to meet him at her home address.

Gomez Hernandez would later confront them both in the bedroom before leaving the room.

He was then seen by friends crying in the kitchen. One witness described to the court how his mood then changed and he became more serious.

The court heard that Gomez Hernandez was unemployed and relied on his wife's income to buy clothes and food. According to friends, he resented the dependency he had on his partner and feared losing her.

He would later admit to having an argument with his wife later that day when they were alone together in their flat.

It was the prosecution case that this argument resulted in him inflicting fatal blunt force trauma injuries on Vanessa.

Gomez Hernandez then left the flat at about 2.45pm, taking cash from the deceased and using this to buy a new phone, and to pay for a visit to escorts for sex.

He returned to his friends' flat several hours later and claimed that he had tried to call his wife but she was not answering.

When he eventually did enter the flat, he suggested to police and friends that a client must have killed her.

However, phone records showed that he had not made any phone calls to her and in fact he had taken both her phone and his with him when he left the flat in the afternoon. Gomez Hernandez also had fresh scratches on his face which he could not sensibly explain. He was arrested on suspicion of murder and later charged.

The jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty in this case.

The judge, the Common Sergeant of London, proceeded directly to sentencing the defendant to life in jail with a minimum tariff of 14 and a half years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm  

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