Teens get 15 years for killing activist

2013-04-03 14:03


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Ciudad - Three youths have been sentenced to 15 years in a juvenile detention centre for the gruesome murder of an activist who drew attention to the unsolved killings of women in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez.

A juvenile court on Tuesday handed down the sentence against the three young men, who were 17 in January 2011 when they murdered 36-year-old Susana Chavez Castillo. It was the maximum sentence that can be given to minors.

Chavez was known for galvanising public outrage over the unsolved killings of women in Ciudad Juarez with the phrase "Not one more".

Rights groups estimate that around 400 women were murdered in the city during the 1990s and early 2000s, with most cases still unsolved. Since 2006, another 120 murders of women have been reported.

The youths, now 19 years old, told authorities they had been drinking and had gone out to buy inhalants when they ran into the activist.

They said they took her to their house where they covered her face with adhesive tape and sawed off one of her hands before dumping her body in the street.

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