A man from northern Mexico had to be rescued after being trapped in a hole he had dug to spy on his ex-girlfriend, in violation of a restraining order, the authorities said Sunday.
The 50-year-old man spent days digging the hole in Puerto Peñasco, at the northern end of the Gulf of California, but was later detained there and had to be rescued, said the office of the state prosecutor of Sonora.
The man had been instructed to stay away from the woman for domestic violence and is now in prison, officials said.
The man dug a tunnel under his ex-wife's house, the El Universal newspaper reported. He pointed out that the woman had told the police that during the week she had heard sounds like someone scratching, but she assumed they were cats. But as the sound got louder, she started investigating it and discovered that her 14-year-old exile was trapped under the residence. She stated that she had ended the relationship because he was very jealous.
The man looked intoxicated and was very dehydrated after the rescue, the police said.
Violence against women in Mexico is a topic that continues to lead the news. This week a woman was hit by a car and stabbed to death by her husband outside the home of the governor of the state of Jalisco, in western Mexico. The murder was recorded on video.