Update 2 June: Salvador Morales has been sentenced to 19 years in prison, and compensation of €110,000 to her parents and €70,000 to her sister. PV
Update 20 May: Guilty by unanimous jury verdict. Salvador Morales, Isabel’s ex-boyfriend, has been declared her murderer by the nine member jury. The judge will now decide on a sentence between 17 and 20 years, which is what is laid down in the penal code for the crime. PV
Update 18 May 2011: The trial in this case started on the 9th of this month, and has been heard before a jury. Despite Salvador Morales, Isabel’s boyfriend, denying his guilt right up to the final moments of the trial, his defence lawyer has said in his summing up that the accused now admits, for the first time, that he strangled Isabel with a strap in a fit of jealousy after discovering that she had found another boyfriend. At last a confession.
The defence lawyer is now attempting to get the jury to find Morales guilty of manslaughter due to his loss of control, rather than murder with prior intent. He is asking for a sentence of six years. The prosecution, however, are insisting on the charge of murder, and asking for twenty years. PV
Original post 29 May 2009: Police have found the body of Isabel Canino, the 39-year-old Santa Cruz woman who had been missing since the end of March. Her ex-boyfriend, previously arrested on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance, has been re-arrested after the body was found in a property he owned in La Laguna. Although he remained under suspicion, police were working on the theory that he had disposed of her body at sea. The new lead came when a woman informed the police of her conversation with an ex-prisoner to whom Isabel’s killer had related the disposal of her body. Canarias24Horas