POLICE are investigating a 21-year-old man accused of inciting a mentally disabled person to eat a lizard before filming the incident for social media.
The suspect is also alleged to have caused €34,000 of damage vandalising the historic Bezmiliana fortress in Rincon de la Victoria and has since been arrested on suspicion of crimes against moral integrity and property damage.
Local Police began investigating after discovering the alleged video online as part of the inquiries into identifying those responsible for graffiti throughout Rincon de la Victoria. Officers claim they were able to identify a 21-year-old man from the video and whose initials allegedly respond to the letters NLC sprayed onto the centuries-old Bezmiliana building.
The town’s mayor, Francisco Salado, said: “The damage has been repaired by the council at a cost of €33,640.25, along with the cost of installing surveillance cameras to protect the property. A sum that will be reclaimed from the person responsible the vandalism.”
Following police investigations of footage from the alleged incident, Mayor Salado claimed: “It has been clarified that the alleged perpetrator of the graffiti is also the alleged perpetrator of a crime against the moral integrity of a disabled person, a local resident, aged 26…who was subjected to degrading treatment, being incited to eat a lizard, which [the suspect] recorded on video to later publish on social networks, adding to it a graphic drawing of a lizard.”
Deputy inspector Juan Antonio Ruiz Urdiales said: “This is the first breakthrough in pioneering research that began in November and that extends throughout the entire municipality, focussing on Bezmiliana due to the seriousness of the damage caused.”
Malaga Local Police officer, Juan Andrades, said: “We have been working on this type of crime for more than three years, in which time we have made about twenty arrests in collaboration with the National Police.”
Mayor Salado confirmed: “we are going to put an end to these vandalism graffiti that occur in our historical-cultural heritage, and other points of the municipality.”