Police in the Catalonian town of Figueres have arrested a 30-year-old man of sub-Saharan origin who admitted to brutally raping a 95-year-old woman after breaking into her apartment in the middle of the night.
The crime, which took place late last month, saw the hooded perpetrator force his way into the female pensioner’s first-floor apartment, where she lives by herself, at around 11 p.m. before sexually assaulting her, according to a report from Spanish newspaper La Gaceta de la Iberosfera, which cites a source who is close to the case.
Shortly before midnight — following the senseless attack that left the nearly century-old victim with severe injuries to her genitals — she managed to notify emergency services, which promptly arrived at her home before transferring her to the Hospital de Figueras, where she underwent emergency surgery and remained for several days to recover from her injuries.
According to sources from the hospital, last week she was transferred to a social health center in Girona, where she is now waiting to fully recover before she returns home.
The man is also accused of assaulting the elderly woman
Emergency services and police officers reportedly found the woman sitting on the floor of her bedroom pleading for help. Upon the victim being transferred to the medical facility, investigators took statements from several of the neighbors. Several hours later, authorities — who said this was not the first time he tried breaking into her home — managed to track down and arrest the perpetrator.
The victim, whose only family is a few nephews who live in Barcelona, has a caregiver who looks after her for just a few hours each day.
The perpetrator is said to have given an official statement to police, in which he confessed to the crimes, prior to being transferred to jail where, presumably, he will stay — without the prospect of bail —until he’s tried in the court of law.
Last week in Catalonia, two Libyans and a Moroccan involved in an Islamist cell, all of whom are believed to have financed terrorists in Libya, were arrested in an anti-terrorist operation, according to a report from La Vanguardia.
The arrest comes amid a massive influx of illegal migrants into Spain. According to the Spanish interior ministry, which released figures last week, 4,202 migrants arrived by sea and air to Spain illegally in the first month of 2022, a 30.6 percent uptick compared to the same period last year, with the vast majority of migrants landing on the Canary Islands.
In 2021, the Canary Islands were by far the most popular route for illegal migrants trying to make their way to Spain. The archipelago, which sits just off of the coast of southern Morocco, saw 22,000 arrivals in 2021 — well over half of the total number of illegal migrant arrivals in Spanish territory.