Briton detained for Costa del Sol double murder

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21 March 2005, MALAGA-A British man arrested for the alleged murder of a British couple was remanded in custody by a court.

21 March 2005

MALAGA-A British man arrested for the alleged murder of a British couple was remanded in custody by a court.

The man, who was not named, had been arrested on Friday shortly after the discovery of the bodies of the two Britons in a burnt out house.

The gruesome discovery was made in a house in Mijas, a small village popular with British expats on the Costa del Sol.

The body of the woman was found badly burnt inside the house.

A man's body was also found 100 metres outside the house.

He appeared to have suffered injuries from a blunt weapon and may have tried to escape his killer.

A court in Fuengirola remanded the British man in custody after he made a brief appearance.

No details of the identities of the murder victims or the suspect have been released.

Neighbours said the couple ran a bar in nearby Los Boliches de Fuengirola.

They lived in the woman's house, where their bodies were found.

They kept a number of dogs, did not speak much Spanish and were trying to buy smallholding adjacent to the woman's property.

Post-mortems were being carried out on the victims' bodies at the Instituto Anatómico Forense in Malaga.

The area was sealed off while police carried out a forensic examination.

The bodies were discovered at about 6.20am on Friday morning in an area known locally as La Atalaya by fire fighters.

They found a stream of blood running from the house to where the man's body was found.

Inside the house there was a strong smell of solvent, which police believe had been used to start the blaze.

The body of the woman was very badly burnt and barely recognisable.

Two cars with British number plates were parked near the house, which first made police think the dead couple were from the UK.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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