A YOUNG woman was killed by her cop ex-boyfriend after courts let him walk free.
Úrsula Bahillo, 18, was found stabbed to death near her hometown Rojas, Argentina on February 8.
Her ex-boyfriend police officer Matías Ezequiel Martínez, 25, was found sitting in a car near her body with a self-inflicted wound. “I’ve f***ed up” he said to the cops, according to local media.
According to Ladiaria Miss Bahillo had filed at least three complaints of gender violence against her ex-partner- the last one just days before her murder and even got a restraining order.
Accompanied by her mother, Patricia Nassutti, Miss Bahillo informed the authorities on January 9, a few weeks later on January 28 and lastly on February 5.
“I never believed I was reporting someone for gender violence. I want to be the last, “the teenager had written on Twitter.
Additionally, she had even requested a panic button that sadly was approved and sent to her after her death.
“I swear I’m very sad. He told me he’s going to kill me, I can’t take it anymore,” she said in a voice text to her friend.
“He threatens he is going to kill me. That’s why I’m scared,” she texted.
Her family realised she was an abuse victim after a family friend warned them ‘she was going to end up dead’.
On February 8, Martínez was informed of the case against him and warned about the consequences- just hours before he killed Miss Bahillo.
Although Martinez was on psychiatric leave from his job, he remained a member of the police force.
Complaints of violence and sexual abuse had been filed against him in the past by another ex-girlfriend.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.