Police have arrested a man in Peru after his wife was found dead in their home. Police discovered a mortar bomb covered in blood and pubic hair, and the woman lying on the bed surrounded by painkillers. Ruben Valera Cornejo told police that his wife, Yubitz Llerena, asked him to use objects from their home as a sex toy after they both had spent the night drinking.
It appears that Valera took that to mean a mortar bomb that, for some reason, was an object they had lying around.
Valera says that he fell asleep at some point and does not remember any more of the evening, but when he woke up in the morning he found his wife to be unresponsive. It is believed that the painkillers found by police may have been used by the couple to manage the pain of the sex act.
“Painkillers were also found and it is believed they were used to control the pain,” one officer told reporters. Police have revealed that the mortar, which was inactive and likely just an ornament the couple had bought for their home, was 15.7 inches long and 2.3 inches wide.
Speaking publicly, the woman’s father, Washington Llerena, has come out and condemned Valera.
“He should be jailed for what he did with my daughter,” he told reporters. “I will keep on fighting until the end.”
Meanwhile police have arrested Valera on suspicion of murder, but few other details have been released regarding the case. Until further medical and forensic examinations have been performed it will be difficult to know exactly what happened, and if Valera really is guilty of murdering his wife.
Mortars are explosive ordinance used during conflict to inflict damage from a long range. The shells are typically fired into the air at a low speed and at a steep angle. Modern day mortars can travel anywhere between 70 metres to 7 kilometres and typically carry explosive payloads. They are designed to be lightweight enough that a modern soldier can easily carry them around the battlefield.