Killer of Torremolinos bar owner ‘on drugs and drunk’

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A MAN on trial for killing the owner of a café bar in Torremolinos in June 2010 said that he had “been drinking a lot, taken cocaine” at the time.

Juan Velasco, 55, was shot in his bar, the Hermanos Velasco 2 in Calle Salvador Allende.

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His killer, a 60-year-old man, was arrested the same day in Pozoblanco, Cordoba. Police found the murder weapon and blood-stained clothes. He was drunk when he entered the bar and began to insult a young woman with dreadlocks.

Juan stepped in to defend his client and told the man to leave, which he did after paying his bill. He claims he went out for a cigarette.

However, he returned minutes later, walked up to the bar and attracted Juan’s attention.

When he looked up, he was shot once under the chin and died instantly. Several people rushed to the bar, shocked by the noise and alerted the emergency services.

Although attempts were made to resuscitate Juan, nothing could be done.

The paramedics had to attend to one of the waitresses and the young girl who had been the cause of the argument, who both suffered from shock. The killer is standing trial in Malaga Provincial Court and claims he drove to Pozoblanco.

“I only realised what I had done when the police called me. Then I saw my clothes were covered in blood. I felt disgusted” he said in court.

The Public Prosecutor is asking for 19 years in prison for premeditated murder.

The private accusation representing the victim’s wife and son are asking for 22 and 23 years in prison. The defence suggests five years for manslaughter.

By Jennifer Leighfield

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