THE father of a nine-year-old boy killed after being run over by a drugs smuggling speedboat has been arrested after stabbing the boat’s owner outside a courthouse.
Police feared that the incident in which the boy died while fishing from a boat at Algeciras (Cadiz, Spain) could spark a gang war, and stepped up their presence in the city to deter any attacks.
The child was with his father when their boat was struck by a powerful semi-rigid vessel travelling at high speed.
Vengeance is seen as the prime reason why the boat’s owner – who was not on the vessel at the time of the incident – was attacked outside Cadiz High Court.
He was one of 14 people appearing before a judge for an alleged drug smuggling operation – the very one in which the boy died.
The victim, aged 35, suffered chest injuries after a man walked up and stabbed him before making his escape. The stabbed man was taken to hospital for treatment.
Now the 28-year-old father of the dead child has been arrested. He gave himself up to police after negotiations, despite denying the offence and saying he was not at the scene.
However, police say witnesses had identified him as being the perpetrator of the attack. The boat owner is refusing to press charges.
The arrested man is thought by police to have links to the Pantoja drugs clan. This led police to fear a gang war in the city. In June police had to step in when the child’s father and grandparents attacked the man who had been piloting the speedboat, known only as Pedro M.B.F. and his co-pilot, Alejandro J. C. G.