José Ulpiano Micolta, alleged author of the fatal incident of last Monday at Quinindé, Esmeraldas, is currently imprisoned in the Maximun Security Pavilion A of the García Moreno prison in Quito, after being accused of stabbing and killing two people and injuring five.
The prosecutor, Carlos Espinoza, revealed that Micolta was jailed for his safety. “In Quinindé, several people were threatening his integrity (…) he was imprisoned and transferred to Quito in order to save his life,” he said.
Espinoza also revealed that, in the audience of rating of the act, made the same night of the incident, Micolta “said he did not remember the events, he did not know anything about it and that it was not him; he also accused a person last-named Mantilla” .
Tomorrow, from 10:00, Espinoza will begin receiving testimony from those affected. For next week, some of those attending the political rally of PAIS will be summoned.
Micolta had drug problems
A childhood friend of the defendant, whose name was not disclosed, portrayed Micolta.
“10 years ago he wore designer clothes. José liked to wear gold chains, rings and carefully tended his image. He greeted the inhabitants of his neighborhood in Quinindé and seemed, for the neighbors, a prosperous cloth merchant. ”
“We did not find out about his real business until he was arrested,” says his close friend, who has known him for 25 years. “He distributed drugs.”
“He was imprisoned two years in Quito. Then he returned, but totally changed because he started to consume narcotics. Confinement and overcrowding torned his character. He became more violent, more explosive. ”
“When he returned to Esmeraldas after his first arrest, he did not just sell the drugs, he also consumed them.”
Inhabitants of Quinindé say that he made a habit out of drugs, which often ended in street fights with neighbors and friends.
Yesterday, friends and family of one of the deceased, Frixon Vivero, was buried in the Central Cemetery of Quinindé.
It is expected that the children of the other victim in the attack, Gregoria Valencia, arrive today from the U.S. to attend her burial.