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.
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.
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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.
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“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.