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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Police were called to the scene by relatives.

A 50-YEAR-OLD man was arrested for killing his partner in Palma de Mallorca on Wednesday, November 16.

The 56-year old woman’s body was found amid ‘obvious signs of violence’ at the couple’s home alongside her husband, who had unsuccessfully attempted to kill himself after murdering her.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene around 10.30am, after relatives of the victim placed an emergency call because they had been unable to contact her.

Once at the property on Calle Margarita Xirgu, they forced open the front door to find the victim’s lifeless body and the man with cuts covering his arms.

He immediately admitted that he had killed his partner, using “some kind of blunt object” with which he repeatedly hit her on the head.

The Spanish couple had maintained a relationship for several months, and the police have no records of any previous complaints of mistreatment.

National Police investigators are continuing their sweep of the scene alongside a judicial commission, before the man is tried in court.

The case constitutes the sixth in which a woman has been killed through sexist violence in the Balearics this year.

The first of these occurred in January, when a British man strangled his wife using a mobile phone charger on the Costa de la Calma in Calvia.

In March a 22-year-old man suffocated his 19-year-old girlfriend, while a woman was fatally stabbed by her ex-husband in Port de Pollensa in May, and another died in June after being doused with gasoline and set alight in Alcudia.

In September, an Ibizan woman was stabbed to death by her partner, who then took his own life.

 

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