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Heartbroken mum of two Spanish girls allegedly killed by their father writes emotional tribute to her 'angels'

Police are still searching for Tomas Gimeno and his youngest daughter Anna, one, after finding the body of his eldest girl Olivia, six, on Thursday.
Gerard Couzens

THE mother of the two children allegedly killed by their own father and dumped at sea off Tenerife has said she wishes she had been holding their hands and died with them in an emotional letter.

Police are still searching for Tomas Gimeno and his youngest daughter Anna, one, after finding the body of his eldest girl Olivia, six, in a sports bag attached to an anchor more than 3,000 feet underwater the ocean bed on Thursday.

A holdall Olivia’s sister’s body is thought to have been placed inside before being thrown off Gimeno’s boat was found empty.

A judge probing the trio’s disappearance on April 27 has accused him of killing his children and leaving their bodies where he did in a “planned and premeditated fashion to cause his ex-partner inhumane pain.”

This evening Tenerife-based Beatriz, who used social media to publicise her daughters’ disappearance before Thursday’s grim discovery, admitted she had accepted Anna was also dead in a raw open letter of thanks to people who had helped by spreading her SOS messages and praying.

She called her former partner’s actions “the most monstrous act a person can commit”, saying she hoped Olivia and Anna’s deaths had not been in vain and would lead to more protection, education and respect for children.

She added: “They are now two angels who came into the world to teach a great lesson at the cost of their own lives.”

She also admitted she would give anything right now to be performing the “simple” act of combing their hair, confessing: “As a mother it pains my soul not to have been able to save their lives.

“I wish I had been there at that moment with them, holding their hands and dying together.

“But that couldn’t happen because Tomas wanted me to suffer looking for them without rest and for the remainder of my life. That was the reason he left me alive.”

Describing the discovery of Olivia’s body on Thursday as a “miracle” produced by the love and energy well-wishers showed after news of her daughters’ disappearance emerged, Beatriz wrote: “When they told me the news my world collapsed around me and although it is very difficult, at least now I can cry her loss and feel my girls at my side at every moment, feel them when I wake up, when I have breakfast, all day, until the moment I go to bed.”

Saying April 27, the day Gimeno abducted and disappeared with his daughters, should become a National Children’s Day, she wrote: “I hope that the death of the girls serves to create greater awareness about the love that we give to our children, in valuing it and when we are with them, not have other things in our heads but focus on them.

“They need us and adore us. Olivia and Anna, now the little angels of children, ask that you give your children all the love, dedication, respect, and instil values for a better world in them.

“They may have died in body, but their soul is with all of us forever, helping to have more awareness, love and respect for us.

“The vast majority of people are incredible beings, they have shown it in this cruel act with compassion and pain.” She signed off her letter: Beatriz, mum of Olivia and Anna, the little angels.”

Overnight a Spanish judge tasked with investigating the disappearance of Gimeno and his daughters outlined the savagely cruel night he allegedly murdered them as she said the ongoing criminal investigation should be handed to a specialist court dealing with crimes of violence against women in the Tenerife capital Santa Cruz.

Gimeno vanished after telling his ex-partner she would never see her children again after she began a new relationship with a wealthy Belgian.

Priscila Espinosa Guterriez, in a nine-page written ruling detailing the conclusions she had reached as she announced her decision, said: “The evidence points to Tomas Gimeno intention on April 27 when he took his daughters, being not to snatch them from their mum and take them to an unknown place, but to kill them in a planned and premeditated fashion to cause his ex-partner inhumane pain.”

She added: “He allegedly deliberately tried to create uncertainty regarding the fate his daughters had suffered by hiding their bodies on the ocean bed after killiing them, choosing a place deep underwater and far from the coast where he thought they would never be found.

“All this happened after he told his ex-partner and his close circle he was going to disappear with the girls and they wouldn’t be seen again.”

Outlining the hours leading up to the moment investigators believe Gimeno killed his daughters at his home between 7.50 and 9pm on April 27 in circumstances that are still being probed, the judge revealed the monster had taken the boat he allegedly used to dump their bodies at sea on a “test run” around 6pm the same day.

Olivia, who court officials said on Friday had died of pulmonary edema, was at a tennis class when Gimeno did the test run after picking his daughters up from school.

The dad-of-two was filmed on CCTV carrying the sports bags he allegedly stuffed his daughters’ bodies into from his Audi A3 to his boat at a marina in the Tenerife capital Santa Cruz.

The empty vessel, minus the anchor, was discovered off Puertito de Guimar on the east corner of the island just over 10 miles south of Santa Cruz hours after he and the girls vanished.

A search vessel lent to the police by the Spanish Oceanographic Institute called Angeles Alvarino, is continuing to comb the ocean bed in the area where Oliva’s body was found.

A diving bottle and duvet cover belonging to the youngsters’ father had been discovered on Monday more than 3,000 feet underwater near the same area.

Fears are growing that Anna’s body may never be found if she was left in the empty holdall police discovered.

It was reported on Friday police investigators had reached the conclusion Olivia and Anna’s monster dad drugged and killed them at his home before putting them in separate holdalls, taking their bodies out to sea and throwing them into the ocean with the anchor attached.

Opened medicine packets containing sedatives and muscle relaxants were discovered in his living room, Catalan newspaper El Periodico said.

It emerged after the abduction that Gimeno had threatened his estranged wife over her new relationship with an older Belgian man named locally as Eric Domb.

He is said to have beaten up Eric, 60, before snatching his daughters in an incident Beatriz and the assault victim decided not to report to police for fear it would inflame an already-tense situation.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez was among celebs who used their social media accounts to highlight the girls’ disappearance in the days after they went missing as their mum posted pictures and videos of them online in a bid to get their photos published around the world so well-wishers would recognise them and alert the authorities.

Spanish mum-of-one Georgina, 27, said in an emotional post to her 24 million Instagram followers shortly after the mystery disappearance: “I want to use my reach on this great social network to make sure this reaches as many people as possible.

“These are two sisters who are being searched for in Spain and abroad.

“They are called Olivia and Anna and are aged six and one.

“Their mum is seeking maximum publicity for this video to try to find them as soon as possible and bring them home. “I hope with all my heart that the girls are found safe and well and can hug their mum again soon.”

Local authorities said from the start all theories were being explored, including the possibility the girls were dead, although their loved ones said they were clinging to the hope they were still alive and a reunion with their mum could still take place.

Privately, detectives had admitted the worst-case scenario was their lead theory.

A minute’s silence took place for Anna and Olivia at midday on Friday in Santa Cruz, ahead of fingerprint tests which confirmed the child’s body found on the ocean bed a mile off the Tenerife coast was that of Olivia.

Jose Manuel Bermudez, the mayor of Tenerife capital Santa Cruz, said after the gruesome discovery: “There are no words to express the terrible desolation I feel.

“From respect at the mother’s pain and with all the caution the terrible news that is reaching us deserves, I want to express to the family all the solidarity of the citizens of Santa Cruz.”

The Canary Islands’ president Angel Victor Torres tweeted: “Weeks hoping to receive hopeful news and today we receive the worst possible, one that freezes our soul, about the little girls from Tenerife, Anna and Olivia.

“Our condolences, encouragement and strength for their mum Beatriz, her family and friends. Canary Islands devastated.”

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez tweeted: “I cannot begin to imagine the pain of the mother of little Anna and Olivia, who disappeared in Tenerife, following the terrible news we have just heard.

“I send a hug and my love and that of my whole family, who today show solidarity with Beatriz and her loved ones.” Spain’s Equality Minister Irene Montero said: “There are no words to accompany Beatriz at these moments of terrible pain.

“This violence committed against mothers to hit them where it hurts the most is a question of state. “We are here for what is needed.”

She finished her tweet with the hastag #Nomasviolenciavicaria, referring to the name given to the horrific type of inter-family violence that involves aggressors using their children to increase the suffering of their partners.

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