Man accused of strangling woman with rosary beads faces hearing 

It was a most unholy lover’s spat.

A terrified woman says she was the victim of an angry lover who used rosary beads and a pillow to suffocate her in South San Francisco on July 22, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney.

The presumed anti-Christ allegedly snagged the woman’s cell phone, hoping to uncover evidence that she cheated — violating the Seventh Commandment — and followed that up by twisting her rosary beads around her neck and then pressing a pillow against her face until just before she passed out, prosecutors said.

Though this is the typical “he said, she said” domestic abuse case, the attack caused “bruising in the neck area” that was consistent with the victim’s story, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The accused, Roberto Hernandez-Lopez, was set for a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. He is facing two counts of felony domestic abuse and three counts of felony assault, Wagstaffe said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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