The Provincial Court of Bizkaia has sentenced a total of 37 years and two months in prison to Bara N. for murdering his wife, Maguette Mbeugou, whom he habitually mistreated, and abandoning the two daughters of both minors and causing them psychological damage.
The now condemned man murdered the 25-year-old woman on September 24, 2018 at the family home on Calle Ollerías, in Bilbao, in front of his 2 and 4-year-old daughters, who were left alone with the body when he left the house.
A popular jury found him guilty of the crimes cited in a verdict approved unanimously and released on November 24. Prosecution and accusations requested between 25 and 44 years of sentence.
In the sentence released this Tuesday, the Bizkaia Court sentenced him to 25 years in prison for the crime of murder aggravated by kinship and gender, the deprivation of parental authority with respect to their daughters and the prohibition to approach within 500 meters of their homes or any place they frequent, as well as to communicate with them by any means for a period of 35 years.
For the crime of abandonment of minors He is sentenced to 2 years and 6 months, and as the perpetrator of a crime of habitual mistreatment of his wife, he is sentenced to 1 year and 8 months in prison, to which are added two crimes of mental injury to his daughters, punished with 4 years in prison for each.
The resolution also fixes the compensation in 390,000 euros for each daughter and 110,000 euros, for the brother of the deceased, who exercised the private prosecution in the trial and has assumed the upbringing of his nieces.
The Bilbao City Council and the Provincial Council of Bizkaia also appeared at the trial by way of popular action and private accusation, respectively.
Ill-treatment and cruel murder
In the account of proven facts, it is determined that the convicted person attacked his wife when she slept in another room with her two daughters and that, although she woke up and put up resistance, it was “useless” given the “violence” displayed by Bara N. and his “physical superiority”.
Maguette Mbeugou died with her throat slit, but before that final cut on her neck, her husband caused her numerous wounds with a knife, at least 83, according to the forensic expert at the oral hearing, “in order to increase your physical pain”.
After establishing that, at least, since May 2018 he subjected his wife to continuous treatment of threats, humiliation and economic abuse, the sentence indicates that, after this event, the two daughters, very young, presented psychological conditions , emotional, cognitive and behavioral, and even mutism in one of them, with an “uncertain” or “bad” prognosis.
Both minors continue to receive therapy today, three years after the event.
The ruling rejects the mitigating confession, requested by the defendant’s defense, considering that despite the fact that he told what happened to the police when he was arrested, “he did not do so in a sincere and truthful way, but, quite the contrary, mounted a parallel version, prepared mock evidence to prove it and kept it at all times. “
During the trial, Bara N. admitted that he had killed his wife, but declared that it was she who attacked him first and he defended himself, which has not been believed by either the jury or the magistrate.