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Portuguese police investigate death of Cape Verdean woman in Setúbal 02 Outubro 2015

Judiciary Police in the Portuguese city of Setúbal are investigating the circumstances behind the death of 44-year-old Cape Verdean immigrant Maria “Milita” Esperança, who fell from the fifth floor of the building in which she lived in the Monte da Caparica district of Almada. All possibilities are being considered, including crime, an accident and suicide.

Portuguese police investigate death of Cape Verdean woman in Setúbal

According to information gathered by Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã, a neighbor called the National Republican Guard in Trafaria at 6:30 am last Saturday to report a case of “domestic violence.” A police source confirms that witnesses spoke of an argument between Maria Esperança and her husband.

When Republican National Guard officers arrived, Esperança was already lifeless, lying on the ground behind the apartment building. Relatives had attempted, unsuccessfully, to revive her. The woman had minor injuries on her face, and a weapon was found alongside her body. Her husband was taken for questioning by the Republican National Guard, which also gathered evidence and questioned witnesses at the scene of the incident.

Judiciary Police now week to determine whether her husband was inside their home when the fatal fall occurred, or if he had already left. The victim had a hairdressing salon in Monte da Caparica and is survived by a daughter, who is a minor.

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