Man who ‘killed child he thought was gay’ lost count of how many times he punched him
The man accused of killing his girlfriend’s eight-year-old son because he thought the child was gay has admitted to losing count of how many times he punched him.
Isauro Aguirre used torture methods to kill Gabriel Fernandez, including beating, whipping, shooting and starving him, the prosecution has said.
Criminalists told the court that Aguirre had repeatedly slammed Gabriel’s head into the walls of their home, causing hundreds of blood stains and dents.
Earlier in the trial, Gabriel’s teenage siblings Ezequiel and Virginia caused jurors to sob uncontrollably as they described horrific torture which they said Gabriel had suffered.
Ezequiel, 16, said Aguirre shot Gabriel with a BB gun in the face and groin and beat him using wire hangers and a belt buckle.
And Gabriel’s first grade teacher Jennifer Garcia testified last week to the Los Angeles court that the boy told her about abuse which matched these allegations months before he died.
In footage revealed to the court this week, Aguirre was seen being interviewed by police just hours after Gabriel had been rushed to hospital.
He told the authorities: “I hit him. Hit him over the head.
“Maybe 10 times.
“To the head, yeah, plus another 10 times with my open hand.”
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