Reconstruction of the murder of Madrid sixth-former and model Diana Quer took place Friday, for which the killer will be taken from his prison cell in order to participate.
Juan Carlos Quer and Diana Cristina López-Pinel, parents of the 18-year-old who went missing on August 22, 2016, and her sister Valeria – who was 16 the last time Diana was seen alive – have successfully applied to the court for a reconstruction as part of their private prosecution against José Enrique Abuín Gey, 42, alias ‘El Chicle’.
The accused initially claimed he accidentally ran Diana Quer over when the teen was walking the two kilometres back to her family’s holiday villa in A Pobra do Caramiñal (A Coruña province, Galicia) a house the Quer sisters had spent every summer in since they were aged one and three respectively.
Police found no evidence of Diana’s being knocked down, accidentally or otherwise.
After this, ‘El Chicle’ changed his story, claiming he strangled her ‘accidentally’.
He at first refused to testify, but his varying versions when interrogated included his having tied Diana by the neck to the passenger seat headrest with the reins from a bridle, and then in another account, had tied her up and put her in the boot.
Abuín Gey now denies raping Diana, but earlier had admitted he ‘tried’ and that she had fought him off by ‘kicking constantly’.
A high-profile search for the student from Pozuelo de Alarcón went on for 16 months, with the family and even some investigators believing she was still alive and either kidnapped or had run away from home.
But her naked body was found down an eight-metre well, submerged in water, in the port town of Rianxo some 20 kilometres from her holiday home, on New Year’s Eve.
Initially, Abuín Gey’s wife Rosario, now 30, claimed she had been with him all evening on August 22 and that they had ‘gone out to steal petrol’ because they were ‘broke’.
More recently, however, she confessed she had stayed at home all night and her husband had ‘returned, changed his clothing and left again’.
Abuín Gey was reported to have raped Rosario’s twin sister when the women were 17, but been talked out of reporting him.
The court has recently decided to reopen the case as they believe it mirrors Diana’s fate.
Abuín Gey was caught after attempting a near-identical kidnap of a 33-year-old Ecuadorian woman in the Rianxo area, who was rescued in the nick of time by passers-by when she was about to be locked in the boot.