Parrot who ‘heard victim’s last words’ to give evidence at trial of men who ‘raped and beat woman to death’
Elizabeth Toledo, 46, was found raped and murdered inside her apt in Buenos Aires, Argentina in Dec 2018
Toledo’s tenants Miguel Rolon, 51, and Jorge Alvarez, 62, are accused of attacking and killing her
Included in evidence was a statement by her parrot who ‘heard her last words’
The parrot allegedly, ‘heard victim’s last words’ to give evidence at trial of men who ‘raped and beat woman to death’
Officer says he heard the bird repeating ‘no, please let me go’ after she died
A big part of the evidence presented by the prosecution includes a bite mark on the victim’s forearm which matches the bite of Rolon’s teeth ‘like a fingerprint’
DNA evidence found on Toledo’s body also links Alvarez to the rape and killing, the prosecution said
Miguel Saturnino Rolon, 51, and Jorge Raul Alvarez, 62, are due to go on trial this year for the 2018 rape and murder of 46-year-old Elizabeth Toledo in San Fernando, Buenos Aires.
As part of evidence submitted in the case last week, police included a statement from a police officer who said that on morning of December 30, 2018, he heard Toledo’s parrot screaming ‘no, please, let me go’ shortly after the killing took place.
The officer had been standing guard outside the murder scene when he heard what sounded like a woman screaming inside, La Nacion reported.
He looked inside the apartment – but only found Toledo’s naked and bruised body lying on a mattress on the floor, along with a green parrot in a cage.
After going out of the room he claims to have heard the words ‘ay por favor soltame’ [no, please let me go].
The officer believes that the parrot was repeating the words, which prosecutors will argue were the victim’s last.
Evidence also includes witness testimony from a neighbor who claimed to have seen the parrot repeat the trick on a different occasion. That witness told police that the parrot one said ‘por qué me pegaste?’ [why did you hit me?] after one of the men hit Toledo.
Rape and murder suspects: Miguel Saturnino Rolon, [left], and Jorge Raul Alvarez, [right], are accused of raping, beating and then strangling Elizabeth Toldeo to death on Dec 30, 2018
Meanwhile DNA evidence found on Toledo’s body links Alvarez to the rape and killing, the prosecution said.
Charges against a third male occupant of the residence, initially considered a suspect, have been dismissed after his alibi held.
Toledo rented out rooms to the three men in her home and there had been previous allegations of domestic violence reported at the house, police say.
The trial start date has not been released.