This 23-year-old man is facing life behind bars for stabbing a trans woman he hired for sex, also pictured, to death in the early hours of the morning.
According to reports, Azul Montoro was murdered on 18th October 2017 in the city of Cordoba in the north central Argentine province of the same name.
The 24-year-old trans woman had moved to the city from Villa Mercedes in the province of San Luis province to become a sex worker, and she lived in the red light district with several colleagues.
The defendant, identified as 23-year-old Fabian Alejandro Casiva, was said to have been a regular client of the victim’s, and was known to her friends as someone with a drug problem who could turn aggressive whenever he was rejected by the sex workers.
On the night of Montoro’s death, Casiva reportedly hired the prostitute after her colleagues refused to go with him.
Reports said that he paid her in advance and took her to her home on the back of his motorbike.
She was found dead by her friend Maina at around 5am after allegedly being stabbed 17 times.
The suspect also hit her over the head and cut the ear off her dog because it would not stop barking, according to local media.
He then reportedly stole her phone and some cash and fled the scene.
The local police found Casiva in a psychiatric hospital after he admitted himself there due to his drug problems, according to reports.
Cops also found the victim’s mobile phone and two banknotes with her blood on them.
At the time, it was decided that the suspect was unfit to stand trial, but investigators uncovered new evidence which suggested he was fully aware of his actions that night.
He was charged with Montoro’s murder in 2018 and is expected to stand trial next month.
Reports said that it will be the first case involving the murder of a trans person in the province.
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