Parrot who 'heard victim's last words' to give evidence at trial

Parrot who ‘heard victim’s last words’ to give evidence at trial of men who ‘raped and beat woman to death’

  • Elizabeth Toledo found raped and murdered at apartment in Argentina in 2018
  • Miguel Rolon, 51, and Jorge Alvarez, 62, are accused of attacking and killing her
  • Included in evidence was a statement by her parrot who ‘heard her last words’ 
  • Officer says he heard the bird repeating ‘no, please let me go’ after she died 

Prosecutors in a rape and murder case in Argentina are planning to use evidence given by the victim’s parrot as evidence against her alleged attackers.

Miguel Saturnino Rolon, 51, and Jorge Raul Alvarez, 62, are due to go on trial this year for the 2018 rape and murder of 46-year-old Elizabeth Toledo in Buenos Aires.

As part of evidence submitted in the case last week, police included a statement from a police officer who said he heard Toledo’s parrot screaming ‘no, please, let me go’ shortly after the killing took place.

Elizabeth Toledo, 46, was found raped and murdered at an apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2018 – alongside a parrot who reportedly heard her last words and repeated them

The officer had been standing guard outside the murder scene when he heard what sounded like a woman screaming inside, newspaper La Nacion reported.

He looked inside the apartment – but only found Toledo’s naked and bruised body lying on a mattress on the floor, along with a green parrot in a cage.

After going out of the room he claims to have heard the words ‘ay por favor soltame’ (no, please let me go).

The officer believes that the parrot was repeating the words, which prosecutors will argue were the victim’s last.

 Evidence also includes witness testimony from a neighbour who claimed to have seen the parrot repeat the trick on a different occasion.

That witness told police that the parrot one said ‘por qué me pegaste?’ (why did you hit me?) after one of the men hit Toledo.

Miguel Saturnino Rolon, 51 (left), and Jorge Raul Alvarez, 62 (right), are accused of raping, beating and then strangling Ms Toldeo to death

Prosecutor’s evidence also includes a bite mark from the victim’s forearm which they say matches the bite of Rolon’s teeth ‘like a fingerprint’.

Meanwhile DNA evidence found on Toledo’s body will link Alvarez to the rape and killing, they allege.

A third man, who also lived at the property and was among the suspects, was earlier dismissed from the case after providing an alibi.

Toledo lived with the three men and rented a room to them, police say. There had been previous allegations of domestic violence reported at the house.  

The trial’s start date is currently unknown.

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