British husband, 80, is arrested for ‘stabbing his wife, 69, to death in frenzied knife attack’ in Costa del Sol
- British woman called police on Friday night during alleged attack by her husband
- Police rushed to flat in resort town of Malaga but found pensioner dead on floor
- She was found with at least 20 stab wounds while her husband was on the bed
- He has been arrested and will be hauled in front of a judge within next 48 hours
Police rushed to a property in the resort town of Benalmadena, Malaga on Friday night when the woman, also British, rang the emergency services to say her husband had attacked her.
Officers arrived at the flat to discover her dead in the kitchen-diner with more than 20 stab wounds, while her suspected killer was lying on their bed.
The 80-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was arrested at the scene and is now being held at the local National Police station.
He is said to be suffering from Alzheimer’s, according to respected national newspaper El Español.
The victim, who has not yet been identified, is thought to be 69 years old.
Police rushed to a property in the resort town of Benalmadena (pictured), Malaga on Friday night when the woman, also British, rang the emergency services to say her husband had attacked her
The 80-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was arrested at the scene and is now being held at the local National Police station
The alarm was sounded at around 10.30pm on Friday when the victim made her desperate call to police.
A well-placed source said: ‘She said she was being stabbed by her husband and police were mobilised along with other emergency responders but found her dead inside the property when they arrived.
‘She had been stabbed multiple times, apparently more than 20.’
Another said the suspect was thought to be suffering dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, although there has not yet been any official confirmation.
He is expected to be taken to court in the next 48 hours so he can be quizzed again by a judge in a closed hearing.
The judge will have to decide whether to remand him in prison pending an ongoing investigation or send him to a secure psychiatric hospital if it is confirmed he is suffering from a mental or brain disorder.
There has not yet been any official comment from police about the incident.
A spokesman for National Police in Malaga said on Saturday: ‘Yesterday at around 10.30pm, a man aged 80 allegedly killed his wife aged 69.
‘The victim received several stab wounds with a bladed weapon. The suspected killer has been arrested.
‘It would appear he has a psychological illness with cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.’