UPDATE: THE death of a 45-year-old Romanian man in Benalmadena on Friday (February 19) is believed to have been the result of a violent family dispute.
Police investigations, which are being carried out by the Torremolinos-Benalmadena National Police’s Homicide Group, are centred on the victim’s brother-in-law, currently un custody, who lived in the flat on Calle Zodiaco with his sister and five and seven-year-old nieces and his sister’s partner, the victim.
While the girls’ mother was out shopping, investigators believe, an argument broke out between the two men, resulting in the suspect allegedly stabbing the victim up to 10 times with a kitchen knife.
After the attack the victim fled the scene and took refuge in an office on the first floor of the building, where he collapsed, and the first police patrol to arrive at the scene found him lying face down in a pool of blood. After paramedics arrived to take over attempts to revive the man, which were unsuccessful, officers followed a trail of blood up the stairs to the family home, where the found the suspect trying to clean blood stains from the floor.
The suspect was arrested under suspicion of manslaughter.
The body was taken to the Malaga Institute of Legal Medicine, where a post-mortem examination was due to be carried out on Saturday.
While some neighbours later claimed the family had never caused any trouble before, others reported that arguments could often be heard inside the flat.