Man jailed in Colombia for killing Spanish tourist

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man who confessed to killing a Spanish tourist on holiday in Colombia has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for the death of Irene Cortés Lucas, a mother of five who was killed in the Colombian city of Barranquilla on March 2 this year.

The 30 year old victim, who was originally from Granada province and ran a nightclub with her husband in Torre del Mar, Málaga, was shot dead in the chest when she and her husband were held up by robbers in a bar in her husband’s home town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Irene’s family maintained that her husband had contracted a hit man to kill his wife, but the suspect who has now been convicted for her death, Brayan Darío Escorcia Blanco, told the Barranquilla court this Monday that he had never met the man and was ‘drugged’ when he fired the shot.

EFE indicates that a second suspect who was involved in the robbery is awaiting sentencing.

The victim’s husband, Farid Llinás Ariza, is understood to have applied for a distancing order against his wife’s family and, according to his lawyer, was given ‘special protection’ on his return to Spain following the threats he said he received from the family.