TWO Finns held over the death of a homeless Briton sleeping rough near Malaga Airport are behind bars as the search for a fourth suspect continues.
The two men – extradited to Spain under a European Arrest Warrant – will remain behind bars until the trial ends into the mysterious circumstances of the death of alcoholic Steven Allford on a bench outside the airport railway station in October.
He was found with his trousers pulled down, his genitals resting inside an empty tuna can, and with slices of ham on his exposed buttocks plus plastic ties on his wrists and ankles.
Mr Allford had been drinking and choked to death, but a judge from Malaga’s Instructional Court concluded that the ties may have contributed by stopping him from moving.
During the initial hearing, the two Finnish men repeatedly claimed that the stunt “was just a joke,” and that they only wanted to make fun of the victim, with one recording it on his mobile before uploading the video to Facebook.
It was this footage, which was quickly removed from the social network, that led to detectives identifying four men involved and proving that Mr Allford was alive as he lay face down while being mocked.
One of the Finns was tracked to a prison in his homeland, where he was being held for a separate offence, while the other was picked up at his home.
They join 58-year-old Irishman James O’Byrne who in February was arrested as he slept in a tent in Algeciras, Cadiz, having earlier told investigators that he had only seen the incident from afar, and that he “hoped they would find the culprit.”
O’Byrne and an Englishman who remain at large despite a European Arrest Warrant being issued, were both featured on the video.