A 62-year-old Briton is in police custody in hospital after he ‘stabbed a 68-year-old Irishman to death during a scuffle in Benidorm’
- Both men were rushed to a hospital near Benidorm yesterday morning after an altercation at a property
- Police today confirmed they had been told the Irishman had lost his fight for life despite being resuscitated at the scene
- The British man had previously been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and is now expected to face a murder charge
A Briton was in police custody at a hospital on the Costa Blanca today after an Irish OAP he allegedly stabbed during a fight died of his injuries in hospital.
The two men were rushed to a hospital near Benidorm yesterday morning after an altercation at a property in the popular resort.
Police today confirmed they had been told the 68-year-old Irishman had lost his fight for life despite being resuscitated at the scene of the attack.
The 62-year-old Briton, who suffered less serious stabbings, had previously been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and is now expected to face a murder charge.
He remains at the Marina Baixa Hospital in nearby Villajoyosa and is expected to be taken to the police station for questioning when his state of health permits.
Neither man has yet been named.
The incident, which led to their hospitalization and ended in the death of the Irish pensioner, happened around 10.30am yesterday morning at a property in the Rincon de Loix area of Benidorm, known as LittleEngland.
Emergency services responders confirmed that the older of the two men needed to be resuscitated at the scene before being evacuated by ambulance.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police, confirming they had just been informed the Irish pensioner had died in hospital, said: “Yesterday at around 10.30am an emergency call was received stating that two men bleeding from apparent stab wounds were at a property in Benidorm.
“Officers found a 62-year-old Briton who had been stabbed outside the property upon arrival and another man, a 68-year-old Irishman, on the upper floor of the property in very serious condition with several stab wounds to his chest, abdomen, head and left leg.
“Both men have been transferred to Villajoyosa Hospital and an investigation has been opened into the incident.
‘Those investigations so far have determined that the British man appears to have inflicted the injuries sustained by the other man and he has been arrested as a felony suspect of attempted homicide and bodily harm in awaiting a medical assessment of the Irish national.
“He was also taken into police custody at the hospital.
“It appears that a fight took place between the two men, who live together, and that they injured each other.
“Today we received written confirmation from the hospital where the two men had been admitted saying the injured Irishman had died. The investigation is continuing.
Earlier this morning, emergency medical responders confirmed they had taken two men to hospital with stab wounds yesterday, but said they were unable to comment on their nationality.
A spokesperson for a regional emergency response coordination center said: ‘The older of the two men was very serious and required resuscitation at the scene.
“The young man was less serious but was also taken to hospital with stab wounds.”
The incident investigated by police happened on a street called Avenida Estocolmo, a short walk from the famous Levante beach in Benidorm.
Thousands of Britons and other foreigners flocked to Benidorm this week for its annual costume party, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The number of Britons participating was estimated at around 45,000.
It was not immediately clear whether the two men involved in yesterday’s incident were living together permanently or temporarily in holiday-type tourist accommodation.