Dr. Noelia de Mingo, 51, who in 2003 killed three people in the hospital where she worked in Madrid, reached an agreement this Monday to enter a psychiatric penitentiary center for stabbing two women in a supermarket a few meters from her house in El Molar (Madrid) in 2021. The Prosecutor’s Office and the accusations have agreed with her defense that the doctor will remain in a psychiatric center for 33 years and a complete defense has been applied to her for psychological anomaly. In 2006, the accused was sentenced to be confined in a criminal psychiatric center for a maximum of 25 years, of which she only served 10. In 2017, favorable reports from this center, which ensured that she was no longer a danger to society and that his psychotic disorder was controlled, they allowed him to be released into family care. Five years later, in October 2021, she attacked two women just a few blocks from her home with a knife. One was seriously injured and the other suffered minor injuries.
The parties have reached this agreement because the accused has assumed two crimes of attempted murder and another of attack against authority, for attacking the agents who arrested her. The accused has been present at the reading of the agreement, but she has only spoken to show her agreement with the agreement, she has remained handcuffed at all times and has waived her right to the last word. The hearing lasted just five minutes, during which the sentence was read, which is final, since all parties have waived appeal. The victims have also attended the Hearing, but they have not intervened in view or made statements, but they have hugged each other when they learned of the agreement in the hallways of the building. “We have reached the maximum in terms of admission to a psychiatric penitentiary center, which was the main objective. It has not been an easy agreement, there were many flaws, for us it was important that it be classified as attempted murder,” said the lawyer of one of those affected, Carlos Sardinero, who added that they are going to do “everything possible.” possible” so that the full measure is fulfilled.
The ruling also condemns the defendant to pay 110,000 euros to the victim who was more seriously injured and 50,000 to the victim who suffered minor injuries. The sentence also prohibits the defendant from returning to El Molar and approaching her victims in the next five years. She from Mingo had arrived at the Provincial Court of Madrid guarded by the Civil Guard from the Estremera prison, to which she had been transferred from the Fonnivel prison psychiatric hospital (Alicante) on the occasion of this oral hearing.
De Mingo’s case is one of those that sparks debate about how to address the problem of prisoners with mental illnesses, especially in saturated centers with a shortage of professionals. On April 3, 2003, he went to his workplace, the Jiménez Díaz Foundation—formerly the Concepción clinic—with a knife. There she went up to the rheumatology unit, where she was developing the third course of the MIR. That day she started attacking everyone she came across. Her first fatality was her partner Leila El Ouamari, a 27-year-old resident doctor.
Then he attacked Jacinta Gómez de la Llave, 77 years old, and she died almost instantly. He continued attacking everyone who crossed his path. One of them was Félix Vallés Arroyo, husband of a patient, who died six days later. Five other people were injured by his attacks. According to her, she considered the sentence that convicted her to be proven, she acted under the effects of a psychotic outbreak as a consequence of the paranoid schizophrenia of which she is diagnosed. The doctor alleged that she had felt “spied on” for a long time.
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In 2006, she was sentenced to 25 years in a psychiatric detention center, although the full defense of mental insanity applied. The legal ruling considered that, although she was not aware of her actions, she was a danger to society, which is why she was forced to follow specific treatment in the penitentiary center.
In 2017, the reports of all the professionals who had treated her in that decade confirmed the stability of the prisoner’s illness and the judge replaced the inpatient treatment with another outpatient treatment. The professionals assured that it had stopped being a problem for her environment and for herself. The family assured that she would ensure that she complied with taking the medication and monitoring her doctor.
This was the case for the next five years in which De Mingo lived in a house in the heart of El Molar with his nonagenarian mother. There she led a discreet and almost isolated life, according to neighbors who, from time to time, coincided with her walking with her family or at mass. Until September 20, 2021, she left her house with a knife in her hand and entered a supermarket just a couple of blocks from her home. She attacked the cashier with it, whom she left very badly injured, and the owner of the establishment, who managed to escape from her and take refuge in a nearby pharmacy.
Carlos Sardinero, lawyer for one of the two private accusations, upon arrival. ZIPI ARAGON (EFE)
After the attack, De Mingo remained on the street for a few minutes brandishing the knife and threatening other passers-by. A few seconds later, a municipal police patrol arrived, and he also tried to attack them with the knife. The agents managed to subdue her and since then she has been admitted to the Fonnivel psychiatric center (Alicante).
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