Footage has surfaced that appears to show Kimberlee Kasatkin documenting abuse she says she suffered at the hands of her partner in Peru.
Kasatkin’s spouse, Christopher Franz Bettocchi, was charged in March 2017 in the death of the 41-year-old woman from Abbotsford.
“He grabbed me by the throat,” Kasatkin tells the camera in the footage posted online.
She says that her spouse then takes her children away.
“This is what I go through every day. He’s violent, he beats women.”
Kasatkin was living in Lima, Peru, with Bettocchi, who is from Peru, and their two children at the time of her disappearance in late 2016.
The couple met in Victoria, where Kasatkin was attending school, and moved to Peru more than three years ago.
Kasatkin travelled to Abbotsford once or twice a year, for a few weeks at a time, and would then return to her spouse and kids.
Her last contact with her family was during a FaceTime call with two of her sisters on Nov. 26, 2016.
Bettocchi told Kasatkin’s family and police that he hadn’t seen her since that day.
But later reports from Peru media said police found security footage of a man appearing to be Bettocchi dragging a heavy bag or box across the parking garage of his residence and loading it into a vehicle before driving off.
Bettocchi apparently rested the bag on a wall, and police allegedly found blood there, which they tested to determine whether it belonged to Kasatkin before the charges were laid.
– with files from Vikki Hopes