THE Guardia Civil are investigating the financial affairs and associates of the German killed in Alfas del Pi last Friday in the hope to discover the motive, sources say.
The authorities suspect the murder may have been a revenge killing which bore all the hallmarks of a Mafia style contract killing, although they have not ruled out other motives.
The murder took place last Friday at about 7pm on the junction of the N332 between Alfas and Albir, when the victim, 46, was shot twice in the head whilst waiting at traffic lights in his German plated convertible Mercedes.
Witnesses state that two men on a motorcycle pulled up parallel with the victim’s car, adjacent to the driver’s door, and the pillion passenger opened fire with a pistol, shooting the driver in the head at point blank range, killing him instantly, according to a report in lasprovincias.es.
One witness told police the motorbike’s number plate was missing.
The deceased, though not initially named, was thought to be an Altea Hills resident who owned a second hand car dealership and rental company in the Cap Blanc Industrial Estate in Altea.
Initial reports also suggest the victim had lived in Spain for at least 10 years and did not have a criminal record.
The first witness on the scene was traumatised by the event, but the suddenness of the killing meant that the subsequent cars passing by were very likely unaware of what had transpired as the traffic flowed normally around the stationary Mercedes as soon as the lights turned to green.
When police and ambulance services arrived on the scene, the car’s engine was still running and the man was pronounced as already dead.
Altea police conducted the investigation and carried out a forensic inspection of the Mercedes in situ, discovering at least one shell casing. It was some two and a half hours after the initial report of the shooting before the victim’s body and vehicle were removed, and the local traffic was redirected away from the area, adding to rush hour congestion.
The execution style slaying points clearly to a professional killing, and police have been interviewing eyewitnesses to the shooting and getaway, as to the identity of the two motorcyclists, and also to obtain a description of the bike involved.
The path to the identity of the killers will be found through tracing the assassins from eye witness accounts, or from investigating the deceased’s past personal relations or business dealings, wherein the motive for the slaying undoubtedly lies.
By Paul Deed