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Dominican Republic 'killer' Nicole Reyes was suicidal

A Cardiff woman jailed for 12 years in the Dominican Republic for killing her husband has said she contemplated taking her own life.

Nicole Reyes, 39, was sentenced in February over the death of Jorge Quintanilla Reyes, 38, in a road collision in July 2012.

Her trial heard he was knocked off his motorbike by Reyes, but she has always maintained it was an accident.

But the mother of two was freed in June after her family raised £62,000 bail money.

"My children, my mum, my dad - I could see what they were going through," Reyes told BBC Radio Wales' Jason Mohammad on Wednesday.

"I kept thinking they'd get over it [if I passed away]. I thought I can't keep putting them through this."

Reyes also criticised the Foreign Office, saying "there was no help at all".

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We provided significant consular assistance to Ms Reyes and her family during her detention in the Dominican Republic, and continued to do so until her return to the UK in June this year.

"We were in contact with her lawyers and we monitored the case closely. We stand ready to provide any further consular assistance that may be required."

  • 10 Dec 2014
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