Vanessa SantillanAge 33
28 Mar 2015
Fulham, London (United Kingdom)
Beaten and strangled
TDoR list ref: tgeu/28-Mar-2015/Vanessa Santillan
Vanessa was strangled and beaten to death by her husband. He then tried to blame one of her clients.
In October 2016 Joaquin Gomez Hernandez, 24, was jailed for life. He was told he must serve a minimum of 14 and a half years in prison.
The court heard unemployed Gomez Hernandez was jealous and resented having to rely on Ms Santillan for money since their arrival in London from Mexico, two months before her death.
He became angry when Ms Santillan entertained a client after the pair had been out with friends, later attacking her, inflicting massive head and neck injuries, the jury was told.
The court heard he then pretended to find her body and suggested to police that one of her clients had killed her.
An impact statement by Ms Santillan’s family was read out in court.
“Vanessa's death has had a very big effect on all of us,” it said. “This loss cannot be remedied or changed. It is something that has greatly affected us and hurts a lot.
“Our family will never be the same again without Vanessa. We cannot stop thinking how unjust her death was.”
TvT project: The Mirror 07.04.2015 & The Daily Mail 09.04.2015