A man has been jailed for life for killing his ex-girlfriend and her mother in a case that changed femicide law in Chile.
At the Fifth Court of Oral Judgment in the Criminal Court of Santiago on 21st April, Fabian Caceres Aravena was jailed for murdering his ex-girlfriend Gabriela Alcaino and her mother Carolina Donoso in the town of Maipu in the Chilean province of Santiago in 2018.
On the morning of 11th June, the defendant arrived at Gabriela’s home with a knife and hid in a dark corner in the courtyard, and when the mother, Carolina, heard the noise, she went to investigate.
As soon as she opened the door, Fabian attacked her and reportedly stabbed her 31 times in the chest and abdomen.
Hearing the screams, Gabriela came downstairs and was sexually assaulted and also fatally stabbed by the defendant.
The femicide took place after the victims left a family birthday party.
Gabriela’s father Fabian Alcaino told local media: “When Gabriela and Carolina were going home, I gave Carolina a hug and told her that I loved her very much. And when I said goodbye to Gabriela, I gave her a kiss on her forehead and told her she was what I loved most in the world.”
He discovered the dead bodies the following day at the home where both women lived.
When the incident took place in 2018, Chilean law did not qualify the double murder as femicide because Fabian was not married to the victim or living with her.
After the story hit the headlines in Chile, Congress introduced what has since been dubbed the ‘Gabriela Law’ to broaden the concept of femicide and include killers who were a boyfriend, an ex, or someone the victim had some kind of romantic or sexual relationship with.