Monster threw ex-girlfriend to her death from 8th floor balcony before trying to make it look like suicide


A MONSTER who threw his ex-girlfriend to her death from an eight-floor balcony before trying to make it look like suicide has been jailed.

Gabriel Villanueva has been locked up for 20 years after he was found guilty of killing 23-year-old Andreea Celea in the Dominican Republic.

Andreea Celea died after she was thrown from an eight-floor balcony at a hotel in the Dominican Republic

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Andreea Celea died after she was thrown from an eight-floor balcony at a hotel in the Dominican RepublicCredit: Newsflash
Celea moved to the capital of Santo Domingo with her family from Constanta in Romania

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Celea moved to the capital of Santo Domingo with her family from Constanta in RomaniaCredit: Newsflash
The 23-year-old was seen on security cameras at the hotel's reception with Villanueva before she died

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The 23-year-old was seen on security cameras at the hotel’s reception with Villanueva before she diedCredit: Newsflash

Celea had moved to the capital of Santo Domingo with her family from Constanta in Romania and struck up a relationship with Villanueva, according to Observator News.

She ended the relationship a year before she was found dead on the pavement outside the W&P Hotel in the capital on August 31, 2018.

Jurors heard how she was seen on security cameras at the hotel’s reception with Villanueva before she died.

They went up to an eighth-floor room in the hotel and Celea’s lifeless body was found hours later by a member of staff after hearing a thud.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and desperately tried to save Celea.

HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

According to local news site Listin Diario, she had planned to spend three days at the hotel with her ex-boyfriend to celebrate her birthday.

Jurors heard how Celea had taken out a restraining order against Villanueva just days earlier for “violent behaviour”.

After examining 4,313 pages of messages and telephone calls and 787 photos and videos, jurors found Villanueva guilty of murder and aggravated domestic violence.

Villanueva’s lawyers tried to argue that Celea had taken her own life “in a fit of jealousy”.

But investigators found her injuries were inconsistent with suicide.

An expert witness said Celea had marks on her wrists and signs that there had been a struggle.

“There was use of external force in the fall and she presented injuries from fighting and self defence,” the witness said, according to local reports.

Villanueva will serve his sentence at the San Pedro de Macoris Correction and Rehabilitation Centre, where he has been detained for the last three years.

He will also be required to pay five million pesos (£63,683) in compensation.

WHERE CAN I GET HELP?

Gabriel Villanueva has been locked up for 20 years after he was found guilty of murder

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Gabriel Villanueva has been locked up for 20 years after he was found guilty of murderCredit: Newsflash
Celea's killer will be required to pay £63,683 in compensation

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Celea’s killer will be required to pay £63,683 in compensationCredit: Newsflash
An expert witness said Celea had marks on her wrists and signs that there had been a struggle

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An expert witness said Celea had marks on her wrists and signs that there had been a struggleCredit: Newsflash
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