|Asunta murder trial: Witness claims 12-year-old's body was moved after discovery |
By: thinkSPAIN , Thursday, October 3, 2013
|ONE of the people who discovered the body of Asunta Basterra Porto, the 12-year-old girl found dead in a wood in Teo (A Coruña province) claims her remains had been moved.|
The anonymous witness says that upon returning with homicide detectives to the site where the child – allegedly drugged and suffocated – was found, her hand was in a different position.
A piece of orange rope and a cigarette butt of the same type smoked by her father had been left near the uncovered body, which police believe had been left in a hurry when the killers heard movement and feared capture.
As yet, police have not considered the moving hand to be a key piece of evidence in the case, but say they have made 'considerable advances' in their inquiries.
Asunta's mother, Rosario Porto, a solicitor by profession is the prime suspect in the child's murder and both she and Antonio Basterra are being held in custody.
Rosario insists a third person was involved and maintains her innocence.
She firstly claimed she had left her daughter in the house alone while she went out to do some shopping, but CCTV footage revealed Rosario was in her Mercedes with another person who appeared to be Asunta at the time.
And Rosario had been taking Diazepam, a strong sleeping tablet and tranquilliser, for panic attacks.
These can cause deep, but transitory unconsciousness and subsequent amnesia in large doses, but toxicology tests have not yet confirmed whether traces of them have been found in the child's system.
However, her music teachers say Asunta once appeared to be 'drugged up', drowsy and disorientated in class and claimed her parents were trying to kill her.
They later denied the child said this, and say they did not place any importance on the girl's state since they knew she had been taking medication for asthma.
Much of the investigation centres on Rosario's parents' will, made in 1975 but which changes might have been made to.
The couple, Socorro and Francisco, were retired professionals – an art history lecturer at Santiago de Compostela university and a lawyer respectively – and very wealthy, leaving behind several properties including a villa with a tennis court and swimming pool near the site where Asunta was found.
They died of what were presumed to be natural causes in 2012, within seven months of each other, both in bed.
No post-mortem was carried out on the bodies, which were both cremated.
Asunta's 13th birthday would have been last week, and her school friends and teachers held a tribute to her with pictures, 13 candles and music.
Several of her classmates, teachers, doctors treating members of the family, the two people who found the body, other individuals close to the parents and child – a total of 12 people so far – are being questioned as witnesses.
Asunta lived with her mother in Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña province) in the north-western region of Galicia.
Her parents were separated but her father lived next door.
She is said to have been a very gifted child who spoke fluent English and was learning Mandarin Chinese, and kept a blog on which she wrote short pieces of fiction.
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate,
contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive and
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