Kralendijk- The prosecutor for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has demanded a prison sentence of 22 years against the man R.E.G.S. for the violation and murder of Adriana Morales de Florencio, 23, in the month of April 2017. The investigation was called “Saturn”.
The demand was made known today, Thursday January 11 at the court in Kralendijk. Morales worked as crew member on the “Navigator of the Seas” cruise. She disembarked to buy some souvenirs, but never made it back to the ship. R.E.G.S. was quickly considered a suspect, thanks to camera images from the scene where Adriana went missing. That same night the suspect’s house was searched, where the police found a gun with ammunition. The suspect was arrested in principle for violating the local Firearms Laws. On April 29, 2017, Police undertook a search in a nature area near the town of Rincon and there the authorities found the remains of Adriana Morales.
According to the prosecutor, the discovery of Adriana’s body provoked a wave of indignation in Bonaire before the courts. “The community reacted very shocked and dismayed,” said the prosecutor.
According to the prosecutor, suspect R.E.G.S. was the one who killed Adriana with a knife and then buried her to hide her death. The prosecutor also asserts that the suspect wanted to have sex with the victim, but that Adriana fought against it, after which the suspect stabbed her several times. The suspect was also charged for the firearm found and the associated ammunition. According to psychiatric and psychological reports, it seems that the suspect is totally responsible for his actions. The defendant so far had a blank criminal record.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, there are several aggravating circumstances in the case. The suspect stabbed Adriana in a horrible way. He has somehow managed to attract her to his car. According to the Prosecutor, the data on the defendant’s computer also showed that, in the days before and after Adriana’s murder, he observed extremely violent pornographic films and photographs, in which girls were raped.
After the deadly stabs with a knife, the suspect left Adriana in cold blood in a wheelbarrow and left. He waited until the night to bury it to erase his tracks.
According to the prosecutor, the death of Adriana is a painful and irreversible loss of a loved one by their loved ones. The way in which Adriana has been murdered and the inhumane way in which her mortal remains have been treated, according to the prosecutor, is moving.
He also said that the event has had a great impact on family members. In addition, the disappearance and death of Adriana has led to feelings of restlessness and insecurity in Bonaire society. The prosecutor stated that society has been deeply shocked by the crime committed.
For this reason, a prison sentence of 22 years has been demanded against the suspect. The verdict in that case will be participated on January 31, 2018 at 10.30 in the morning.