Man who murdered a 10-year-old girl in Colombia is sent to prison

The Colombian authorities sent to prison a man who murdered a 10-year-old girl in the municipality of Pitalito, in the southern department of Huila, the Prosecutor’s Office reported this Sunday.

"The Prosecutor’s Office charged (Jonathan Francisco) García Tapias as the alleged perpetrator of the crimes of aggravated homicide, attempted aggravated homicide and aggravated animal abuse. The defendant did not accept the charges and received a custodial measure in prison"said the institution in a statement.

The crime was perpetrated on Friday when the man arrived at a house in the La Virginia neighborhood of Pitalito and he injured the girl with a knifeadded the Prosecutor’s Office.

The minor’s grandmother and a pet tried to defend the girl and they were also attacked. The 67-year-old woman was left "seriously injured" and the dog died.

"The two victims were transferred to a hospital in the municipality where the minor died, while the grandmother is in a serious state of health."added the Prosecutor’s Office.

Meanwhile, the commander of the Huila Police, Colonel Gustavo Camargo, assured that the murderer had been released from prison two days before committing the crime and said that "paid a sentence for sexual crimes".

The officer added that "the quick reaction" of the authorities allowed the arrest of the criminal when he was hiding under a bridge.

In this sense, the Prosecutor’s Office said that when he was arrested, García had the knife with which he apparently committed the crime and, in addition, "the uniformed observed blood stains on his clothes".


This case occurs in parallel with another that has shocked Colombia, the murder of DJ Valentina Trespalacios, 23, whose body was found inside a suitcase that a recycler found in a container in the Fontibón neighborhood of the Colombian capital, near to El Dorado International Airport.

The main suspect is the American John Nelson Poulos, who was handed over to the Colombian Justice on Thursday after being deported the day before from Panama, where he was captured.

The cause of the young woman’s death, according to Legal Medicine, was by hanging. Her body had five pressure lines on her chest and multiple bruises.

Lawyer Miguel Ángel del Río, who represents the victim’s family, told local media that Poulos faces 50 years in prison for "aggravated femicide" Y "concealment and manipulation of probative evidence" for having disposed of Trespalacios’ cell phone.

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