On Monday, the trial against Sancho Rodríguez started. She is accused of murdering a Mexican tourist, María Trinidad Mathus Tenorio, on August 5, 2018, at Carmen beach, in Santa Teresa de Cóbano.
Two years ago, the victim and a friend were walking on the coast between 2:30 am and 4 am. They were intercepted by a pair of subjects who tried to rob them of their belongings.
The victim was approached with a knife and forced into the sea. The friend managed to flee and get help but the victim was pushed out to about 400 meters, stripped of some of her clothes and drowned. The accused allegedly then fled the scene with the victim’s cell phone.
The victim was a 25-year-old singer and songwriter. Known as Mermaid, she had released two singles. This was the first trip she took without family or friends. She made friends in La Fortuna and they went on to Cóbano.