Woman, 40, “killed by husband” in Charneca da Caparica

In this blackest of years for domestic violence in Portugal, yet another woman was found dead this morning after her estranged partner called police to say: “I have killed my wife.”

With statistics almost off the page this year – the habitual average of four women killed by partners or former partners every month exceeded in January in just one blood-spattered week – today’s killing was called in at 11 this morning from the Charneca da Caparica district of Almada, just outside Lisbon.

A police source has told Lusa news agency: “The woman was asphyxiated. We don’t know the motives for the crime. It is being investigated, but the two people involved were in the process of divorce”.

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