Briton held for brutal murder of father-of-five
16 February 2006, ALBACETE — A British man was arrested in connection with the murder of a farmer whose body was dismembered.
16 February 2006
ALBACETE — A British man was arrested in connection with the murder of a farmer whose body was dismembered.
The remains of José Juárez Palacios, 66, were discovered by shocked police at his farm in a small village near Albacete in south-east Spain.
His head had been cut off and his legs and hands had been mutilated.
A local shepherd confronted the suspect whose hands were said to be covered in blood.
The Civil Guard arrested the 24-year-old Briton after a high speed road chase.
They found two knives and blood stains in the lorry, leading them to suspect the man had been involved in the brutal murder of the farmer.
The suspect, who was named only as A.M. in line with strict laws on privacy in Spain, was being held in custody and was expected to appear in court on Friday.
The body of Señor Juárez, who was a farmer, was discovered on Wednesday in a large outbuilding on his farm where his lorry was parked.
Police had found his stolen Ford Courier lorry in the village of Socovos but when they contacted his family, they said he had not returned for lunch.
When police went to the barn where his car was normally parked they saw traces of blood, forced the door and discovered his mutilated body.
The suspect is believed to have to stolen his lorry after murdering him.
A local shepherd told police he had earlier come across the suspect in the farm, lying next to the Ford Courier with his hands covered in blood.
He went off to call the police, but when he came back, the suspect threatened him with a knife and cut his hand.
The man stole the shepherd's Land Rover and drove off at speed out of the farm.
A high-speed chase ensued but the suspect was arrested when he crashed the Land Rover near the village of Hellin.
Neighbours in the village of Socovos claimed the Briton had been seen "acting suspiciously" in the area in the days leading up the murder.
The savage killing has shocked the quiet village of 3,000 people, where Señor Juárez was a well-respected character.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news