Two Portuguese women assassinated in the space of a few hours

Two Portuguese women assassinated in the space of a few hours

In yet another black day for violence against women in Portugal, two women were assassinated within the space of a few hours.
The first, Maria de Conceição Oliveira, 46, was shot in the head by her partner who left her lying in a pool of blood in her home in Pôvoa de Varzim before driving away and later killing himself.
Oliveira’s body was eventually found by her son, who had to break into the house after hours of waiting outside, expecting his mother to come home.
The second murdered woman has been named as Elsa Carina Gabriel, 34, and was found beaten to death by a car in a eucalyptus wood in the Barosa area, Leiria.
According to reports, Gabriel had a history of relationships and was understood to have psychiatric problems.
“The only known conflict in the life of the dead woman was with another woman who had beaten Elsa about a year ago”, reports Correio da Manhã. Thus police are following up this line of inquiry and say “everything indicates passionate motives”.
The dead woman’s parents meantime are understood to be baffled as their daughter had no apparent connection to the car beside which her body was found.
These latest deaths take the number of women killed in incidents of domestic violence or similar “passionate motives” up to 38 since January.
That is the worst tally in years and already up on last year’s total for the whole year of 37.