Preventive prison for a couple accused of the murder of a Cuban dentist in Chile

The San Carlos Prosecutor’s Office, in Chile, ruled this Monday preventive detention for the two accused by the brutal murder of Cuban dentist Reinier Sánchez González, 32, whose body was found dismembered in a river in the South American country.

Rolando Villagrán Retamal, 55, and Clara González Figueroa, 38, were formalized (officially communicated) for the qualified homicide of the young Cuban professional, who had resided in Chile since 2016.

Both had a relationship and are owners of a dental clinic in Lampa, where the victim worked until last April, according to the Chief Prosecutor of San Carlos, Tamara Cuello Peña, at the hearing held this Monday to instruct the investigation of the crime.

Cuello Peña explained that in the first days of July the defendants made the decision to kill the victim, “in view of the possibility of being denounced by the victim for various reprehensible practices, such as drug use inside the clinic, mistreatment towards the workers and identity theft by the accused Rolando Villagrán ”.

Clinic employees declared at the hearing that Villagrán was impersonating the name of his son, who is a dentist, and called himself “doctor Damián”, which is why it is also being investigated whether the accused practiced the profession of dentist illegally.

The prosecutor also pointed to a love triangle as another possible trigger for the homicide, given that “the victim had had a romantic relationship with the accused,” according to Chilean media.

Parts of Sánchez González’s body were found on August 3, a month after his death, in the Perquilauquén river, in the Ñiquén commune, which divides the Ñuble and Maule regions.

After the scientific expertise, the Police arrested the alleged perpetrators of the crime in the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, last Thursday night.

Through their expert opinions, the Homicide Brigade of the Investigative Police (PDI) of Chillán and the Prosecutor’s Office established that the last time the Cuban dentist was seen alive was on July 2, when he contacted his mother, who resides in Havana, through a video call. That Friday, Sánchez González was at his home in Lampa, as his mother recognized the house for having spent the night there during a visit to Chile.

The Prosecutor’s Office stated at the hearing that, as revealed by the autopsy, the death occurred with blunt elements, and sharp and sharp injuries, on July 4, somewhere between the Metropolitan and Ñuble regions, in central Chile.

The local press revealed sinister details about the means used by the defendants to obstruct the discovery and identification of the remains, some of which they put in plastic bags with stones to prevent them from floating in the river.

Through the geo-referencing of the cell phones of the Cuban and his perpetrators, and the search in porches of the highways of the Metropolitan Region, the route of the crime could be determined. The trip took place in the car of the defendant Clara González, in whose back seat two stains of human blood were also found, which are being analyzed to determine their origin.

Mobile phone traffic places the alleged murderers together on the round trip between the two regions, for 12 hours, from the night of July 4 until the morning of the next day.

On the same July 5, through the cell phone of the Cuban dentist, the defendants sent messages by WhatsApp to a friend, his landlord, his mother and brother, in which he allegedly informed them that he was going to the south of the country and later to Argentina, where he would settle.

The prosecutor Cuello Peña pointed out that “these are strategic messages made by the defendants that were intended to prevent a complaint from being filed for alleged misfortune and in this way their attackers buy time, hoping that his body would never be found.”

The San Carlos Guarantee Court accepted the request for preventive detention, alleging that “the freedom of the accused is a danger to the security of society.” In addition, because they tried to prevent the discovery of the body and its identification, it also estimated that there is a danger of escape. The court set a six-month period for the investigation.

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