A father suspected of killing his two young daughters and throwing their bodies into the ocean in bags weighed down by an anchor wanted to cause their mum ‘inhumane pain’, a judge has ruled.
Tomas Gimeno’s daughter Olivia, six, was found lifeless in a sports bag more than 3,000 feet underwater off Tenerife on Thursday, next to a second holdall which was empty.
The 37-year-old and his youngest daughter Anna, one, are still missing but presumed dead.
The body of six-year-old Olivia (left) was found on Thursday underwater while Anna, one, is still missing but feared dead
Gimeno vanished on April 27 after telling ex partner Beatriz Zimmerman she would never see her children again after she began a new relationship with a wealthy Belgian.
Spanish judge Priscila Espinosa Guterriez, said in court on Friday: ‘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.’
Tomas Gimeno, 37, is also believed to be dead
‘He allegedly deliberately tried to create uncertainty regarding the fate his daughters had suffered by hiding their bodies on the ocean bed after killing 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.’
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.
It is believed Gimeno killed his daughters at his home between 7.50 and 9pm on April 27, although the circumstances are still being probed.
A minute’s silence took place for Anna and Olivia at midday on Friday in Santa Cruz.
People gather in Madrid, Spain, following the discovery of Olivia’s body last week
Gimeno vanished on April 27 after telling ex partner Beatriz Zimmerman (pictured) she would never see her children again
Jose Manuel Bermudez, the mayor of Tenerife capital Santa Cruz, said: ‘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.’
Interpol issued so-called ‘yellow notices’ for the girls last month – a step to help locate missing persons, often minors, or help identify people who are unable to identify themselves
Olivia Gimeno has not been seen since being snatched with her toddler sister, Anna (pictured together), by her fugitive father on April 27
Gimeno had been picked up on CCTV loading several bags onto his boat at Marina Tenerife in Santa Cruz the night the girls went missing, although he was alone and a security guard said he had seen no sign of the youngsters.
The police also discovered a used roll of duct tape on Gimeno’s empty boat.
The girls’ anguished mother Beatriz Zimmerman, who said she remained optimistic about an emotional reunion 24 hours before the ocean bed find, is being kept informed of developments.
Investigators on the Spanish Oceonagraphic Institute’s vessel are searching the depths of the ocean for the bodies of fugitive Tomas Gimeno and his one-year-old daughter Anna.
Zimmerman, who is divorced from Gimeno, alleges he told her she would never see him or her daughters again in a ‘farewell’ message.
Interpol issued so-called ‘yellow notices’ for the girls last month – a step to help locate missing persons, often minors, or help identify people who are unable to identify themselves.
Police had found no evidence to support the theory the 37-year-old had fled abroad with the infant pair, a hope kept alive by Zimmerman, amid reports he could have taken them to Africa or South America.