A RUSSIAN man under restraining order has beheaded his ex-partner after scaling her apartment with a ladder in Denia.
The 54-year-old entered the apartment on Avenida de Valencia through the balcony window at 4.30am this morning, before stabbing his ex-partner in the throat.
The brutal attack on the woman, 44, and named locally as Elena, took place as her 11-year-old daughter looked on.
A neighbour on the same floor described hearing the girl ‘screaming in panic’, according to Las Provincias.
After another neighbour raised the alarm to emergency services, Policía Local and Policía Nacional raced to the scene where agents arrested the man still at the apartment.
The victim had obtained a restraining order against the man after denouncing him on October 1, according to Europa Press.
A neighbour said the victim did not speak much Spanish, and had arrived at the apartment after the man moved in more than a year ago.
The neighbour said the man ‘disappeared’ and was unaware a restraining order had been obtained.
Denia Town Hall has placed a black ribbon on its Facebook profile and called a minute’s silence at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento for 1pm.
“Denia Town Hall manifests its repulsion against the murder, this morning, of a 44-year-old woman at the hands of her ex-partner,” a statement read.
The tragedy will see the number of women murdered by their partners or ex-partners rise to 48 this year.
The number of fatalities at the hands of male violence will also rise to 1,023 since recording of these atrocities began in 2003, following the murder of a Spanish woman after speaking out against her husband’s physical abuse on live TV.