THE gunman suspected of shooting dead his ex-lover and seriously injuring her two sons on New Year's Day was last night behind bars inside Palma prison. Making little effort to hide his face on arrival at court, 41-year-old Domingo Pozo, having refused to make a statement to police about the Thursday night killing of Pilar Crevillent at her Arenal home, remained silent when he appeared before Palma judge Pilar Marín yesterday evening. She ordered that Pozo, who has only said that he remembered nothing about Thursday night, be held in jail.
The eldest of the victim's sons, 21-year-old Jaime, who was shot in the shoulder and chest, was said to have been recovering well at Son Dureta hospital after having undergone surgery on Friday. He's out of danger and should come round within 48 hours, medical sources said.
However, his 18-year-old brother Jose, who suffered multiple injuries to his stomach, was stable but critical. He was operated on yesterday at Son Llatzer hospital.
Last night, a large crowd gathered in protest over the killing in Palma's Plaça Joan Carlos. The first case of domestic violence of the year in Spain has not only shocked the Balearics, but Spain and local women's and men's rights groups organised last night's demonstration to call for an end to domestic violence. In a statement, women's rights group Lobby de Dones, called for direct action at the root of the problem, labelling violence and chauvinism a threat to democracy, justice and life. There has been a similar reaction from groups and political parties across Spain and on Monday, at mid-day, a minute's silence will be observed in front of Palma city hall.
He was not a nice person
THE landlord of the bar which Domingo Pozo leased revealed yesterday that his tenant was about to be evicted.
Pozo rented the bar El Halcon in sa Indioteria and owed some seven months' rent and had a number of outstanding bills to pay, including a 900 euro water bill. The bar was connected to the same water meter as the flat in which the owners lived and on January 19, Domingo Pozo was due to have been served with a court order. The owners' son explained yesterday that they had taken legal action not only because he was not paying the rent and bills, but every time we passed the bar he would abuse us and damand things be put right. He wasn't a very nice bloke, he used to leave the water running all night in order to bump up the bill which he never paid, so we think he did it on purpose. The rental contract for the bar was taken out three years ago in Pilar Crevillent's name and, in the early days, she used to visit the bar often to help her partner out. The son explained that once the couple split, the murder victim never returned and did not want anything more to do with Pozo.