Judiciary focuses on femicide and overlooks man

The judiciary issued a formal statement expressing the governmental branch’s sorrow at the deaths of two women in which their male companions are the principal suspects.

The statement Friday through the judiciary’s Departamento de Prensa y Comunicación  said the Poder Judicial condemns domestic violence and called for victims to file complaints. The statement characterized the deaths of the two women as femicides. The murders were in Tibás and Desamparados.

The statement failed to mention the death of a man on the same day in which his female companion is the prime suspect. And the statement did not address what the Fuerza Publica said when it detained the male suspect in Los Guidos de Desampardos.

Police said at the time that the man has been convicted of aggravated robbery but that he had been let out of prison on the condition that he sleep one night a week in a confinement facility. Informal sources said the man served six months of a six-year sentence.

The death of the man also happened in the daylight hours Wednesday. The 47-year-old victim was identified by the Judicial Investigating Organization by the last name of Ledezma. About 4 p.m. that day he had a confrontation on Avenida 5, and Calle 8 in San José. The woman is accused of attacking the man, identified as her companion, with a knife. She was detained near the scene.

The Poder Judicial statement did say that a preliminary investigation did not reveal that either of the dead women had sought protection orders from their companions.

The statement also said that there were no active legal cases against the victims or the suspects.

The woman who died in Los Guidos de Desamparados was 25 and had the last name of Reyes. She suffered eight bullet wounds, agents said at the time. The suspect is a 26-year-old man with the last name of Barboza, the Fuerza Pública said.

The victim in Tibás was a 27-year-old woman by the last name of Garita. Fuerza Pública officers said they found an infant who appeared to be the woman’s daughter at the scene. The suspect there has the last name of Araya. He is 20, said the Fuerza Pública. The weapon in these two cases was a firearm.
The Fuerza Pública said that marijuana and cocaine were found at the Tibás crime scene.

The Desamparados case is significant because the judiciary is releasing many convicts early because of prison overcrowding.

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