In the News advantage for the person selling the property is that they no longer have to pay IBI (council tax) or community fees if these apply, or insurance on the building. They only have to pay insurance for their possessions, and it is a normal clause in the contract that the seller / occupier undertakes to keep the property in good condition. The occupier still pays for services such as water and electricity but they now have a substantial amount of money. This can also be an attractive proposition for an elderly person who intends to leave their property to their children when they die. If they sell the property and give a large part of the selling price to their children as a legal gift, the children are able to use the money now. Two daughters in Madrid with an elderly mother aged 88 have done this, and accept that the money received by their mother is below market value, but having received a large amount as a gift they can invest it in their business. The two daughters have no interest in living in the property when their mother dies.
an exhaustive and costly search, the body of the child was found in the boot of the woman’s car and she had killed him immediately after he went missing. She had taken part in press conferences and appeared to be very supportive of the mother and father but it was all a complete fabrication. She tried to draw the police to a particular location where she announced that she had “found” the little boy’s teeshirt but she had put it there herself. This backfired because police officers had previously already searched the same area and found nothing, so she then came under suspicion. If given a permanent prison term subject to review she will be the first woman given this type of sentence.
Permanent Prison Terms In March 2015, the PP (conservative) government approved a new law that became part of the penal code. In extreme cases such as rape culminating in violent murder against partners and children a court can dictate a permanent prison term of 25 to 30 years. At the end of this time period a condemned person is subject to a review to decide if they are going to be released. If not, they have another review after a two year period and this can keep occurring. In July 2015, political parties in opposition referred this to the Spanish High Court as being against the Spanish Constitution. A decision was announced “shortly” but has never been made. So far this prison term has been invoked for 10 men and the last one was in early June when Roberto Hernández was convicted of the rape and murder of the four year old daughter of his partner. The first person to be condemned to this type of sentence was a man from Huércal de Almería who attacked a previous partner whilst she was sleeping, subjected her to sexual violence and raped and stabbed her more than 100 times causing her death. In September in Almería the court case starts against the partner of the father of the young child Gabriel Cruz. After
Dreambeach Announces a 10-storey Pyramid The organisers of the Villaricos Dreambeach Music Festival from August 7th-11th have announced details of their main stage. This will be 35m high, which is equivalent to 10 floors, in the shape of a pyramid, and construction will start in July taking three weeks. It is being built by the Madrid company Pixelmap Studios with 800 lights, 400m2 of LED screens, 8 CO2 cannons and firework display points. The sound equipment is being installed by the German company ‘d&b audiotechnik’, and the DJ cabins will be closer to the general public. The weight of the stage and all the equipment is stated to be 160 tonnes. Headline acts for the main stage include Armin van Buuren, Steve Angelo, Steve Aoki and Paul Kalbrenner. The ‘Brugel stage’ is for the genres EDM and Hardstyle, the ‘Dreams Tent’ for Techno, the ‘Open Air’ for Drum and Bass and two stages at the campsite.
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