Matt Ford

Matt Ford

THE Irish partner of a Dutch woman found dead in Gran Canaria has been released as police continue to probe the incident.

It comes after a manhunt was launched following the discovery of her body, when neighbours told detectives that they had heard the couple arguing the night before.

The unnamed Irishman, aged around 50, was questioned after he handed himself into police at the couple’s rented holiday villa in Taurito, Mogán, where the victim’s body was spotted lying near the swimming pool by a neighbour.

But he was quickly freed and police said in a statement that while they do not currently believe that he is responsible for her death, the cause of which remains unknown this will only be confirmed once they have studied the results of a post-mortem examination scheduled for today (Monday).

THE Serbian gunman held on suspicion of killing two police officers and a farmer in Spain has agreed to be extradited to Italy.

Norbert Feher, 36, confirmed his acceptance in a video conference with a National Court judge in Madrid before admitting that he had been in Spain since September.

The testimony was necessary due to a European arrest warrant issued in his name by Italian authorities, who want to question him in connection with a spate of robberies and three murders earlier this year.

But the man also known as Igor the Russian must first face a Spanish court after allegedly shooting dead guardia civil officers Víctor Romero Pérez, 30, Víctor Jesús Caballero, 38, and civilian Jose Luis Iranzo, 39, near the Teruel village of Andorra.

A judge in local capital Alcañiz therefore remanded him in custody without bail, although Italy could request that he be handed over temporarily so that he can be tried before serving a potential prison sentence in Spain.

The three men that he allegedly killed last Thursday were shot as they investigated an earlier incident which saw two men seriously injured.

It came after a 73-year-old was unable to open the door to his country house, leading him to return with a locksmith, 42.

When they managed to unlock it, they were shot at close range from inside the property.

The victims were unable to describe their attacker, leading Perez and Caballero, who formed part of a special unit dedicated to investigating rural crime, to head for a second farm owned by Iranzo's family after suspecting that Feher might be holed up there.

After shooting all three with a hand gun, he reportedly stole the dead officers' weapons before making off in Iranzo's green Mitsubishi pick-up.

He was eventually arrested eight hours later and 75 kilometres away after crashing the vehicle near Cantavieja.

The funeral of the two dead officers took place yesterday (Saturday) at the Church of Santa Maria in Alcañiz, with hundreds of citizens joining a host of officials - including the Spanish government's delegate in Aragon Gustavo Alcalde - to pay their respects.



A MANHUNT is underway in Gran Canaria after a woman "of foreign nationality" was found dead at her home in Taurito, Mogan.

It comes after the Guardia Civil said in a statement that investigators are searching for the victim's partner, a 50-year-old man, who apparently fled in his car before the body was found.

Neighbours, one of who reported the incident to police after spotting the body near the couple's swimming pool, said that they had been heard arguing the night before.

The property is a holiday villa which they reportedly visit several times per year.

Police said that the victim's body showed no external signs of physical violence and that cause of death will be determined in a post mortem examination.

EUROPE'S oldest person has died in Spain weeks after celebrating her 116th birthday.

Ana Vela, who moved to Barcelona from Puente Genil in Cordboba during the 1940s, passed away in her sleep at a retirement home in the Catalan city.

The great grandmother outlasted two of her four children and was living with her 90-year-old daughter at the La Verneda residence.

She became the oldest woman in Europe when 117-year-old Italian Emma Morano died in April this year, and turned 116 on October 29.

Despite being wheelchair-bound and suffering from dementia, staff at the home described her as being "strong as ever" prior to her death.

Her daughter last year told Spanish media: "She likes a glass of semi-sweet wine with her meal but doesn't drink a lot.

"When it comes to food, she eats everything, meat, fish, vegetables. She has a very normal diet."

It comes as the world's oldest man, Francisco Nuñez Oliveira from Extremadura, last week celebrated his 113th birthday.

Ana is succeeded as Europe's oldest woman by 114-year-old Italian Maria Guiseppa Robucci, while Japanese pair Nabi Tajima, 117, and Chiyo Miyako, 116, remain the two oldest women on the planet.

A SUPERB free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo saw Real Madrid become the first team to retain the Fifa Club World Cup.

The Spanish champions saw off Brazilian challengers Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi to bag their third Club World Cup title and draw level with arch rival Barcelona for most victories in the competition.

It is the fifth trophy that Los Meringues have won in 2017, setting a club record after earlier winning La Liga and the Champions League, plus the UEFA and Spanish Supercups.

Although Gremio defended doggedly, they showed little attacking intent even after Ronaldo put Madrid ahead.

The Ballon d'Or winner, 32, broke the deadlock after finding the bottom corner with a sumptuous 25-yard set piece effort which found a gap in the wall.

It was his fourth goal in three Club World Cup finals.

After the game, the Portugal international said: "The numbers speak for themselves."

"I am very happy, I remain very motivated to keep winning things at a collective and individual level.

"I still feel strong enough to continue my trajectory as a player and to win trophies, which is what I like most."

A MILD Christmas is forecast for the majority of Spain.

An official from national weather office AEMET said that while temperatures will be cool at night, there is almost no chance of heavy rainfall before the festive period.

Scattered showers are expected in central and northern Spain plus the Canary Islands, but Mediterranean Spain - including Alicante, Malaga and Almeria - will bask in daytime highs of 17-21°C.

The dry conditions are being driven by the return of an antcyclonic weather system off Portugal, which is blocking the entry of Atlantic fronts.

PASSENGERS have voted Ryanair the joint-worst European short haul airline.

The budget giant was ranked lowest out of 20 short haul carriers alongside Spanish counterpart Vueling, with both scoring 45 per cent for customer satisfaction in a Which? survey of over 1,000 fliers.

The poll asked questions about food and drink, seat comfort, value for money and punctuality.

Ryanair, which earlier this year cancelled thousands of flights, scored one star out of five for seat comfort, but three stars for value.

The airline said the study was “unrepresentative and worthless,” with marketing directior Kenny Jacobs adding: “This Which? survey doesn’t reflect real passenger choices. Real customers cannot get enough of Ryanair’s low fares.”

British Airways (BA) slumped to third-from-bottom of the ranking, with a score of 52 per cent down from 67 per cent in 2016.

The carrier has stopped serving free food on short haul flights and introduced paid-for Marks and Spencer sandwiches.

Best short-haul airline was tiny Channel Islands outfit Aurigny Air Services, which scored 80 per cent, while (76 per cent) and Norwegian (76 per cent) were both awarded four stars for customer service.

In the long haul section, Singapore Airlines (88 per cent) finished top of the table for a second consecutive year, ahead of Emirates (82 per cent) and Qatar Airways (78 per cent).

US carrier United Airlines (39 per cent) finished bottom, with BA (50 per cent) again performing poorly and finishing third from last.

Which? travel editor, Rory Boland told UK media: “BA’s poor customer satisfaction shows it clearly needs to step up its game in a year that has been beset with problems.

“From the food and drink on offer, to the poor value for money of the journey itself, the airline has a lot of work to do to improve the experience.”

A BA official responded: ”British Airways is a premium airline committed to customer choice. We offer customers the biggest network from London's most central airports, a loyalty programme with huge benefits and the best punctuality record of the three big short-haul operators from the capital.

“We also give our growing numbers of customers a wide choice of fares and services.

“The quality and choice of food and drink are proving popular and sales have greatly exceeded our initial expectations.”

A MAN held for "touching the bottom" of an 11-year-old girl before attacking police officers in Almeria faces a four-and-a-half year jail sentence.

The incident occurred in the car park of a fast food restaurant in the provincial capital.

According to the victim's family, she was sitting in her family's car with the door open when the accused approached the vehicle and "fondled her backside."

Her father and elder sister saw what happened and marched towards the man, who hit both in the face as he tried to get away.

Police arrived at the scene and took him to the local station, where he jumped on an officer as he was led to the cells.

He later attacked two others as they returned his belongings to him.

If found guilty the defendant, who has not been named, is also likely to face a financial penalty.

AROUND 2,000 pigs have died after a fire engulfed a Murcia farm.

The blaze destroyed a large building housing the animals and the owner of the facility near the remote village of Valladolises was hospitalised after suffering a panic attack

A total of 16 fire fighters in five vehicles were sent to extinguish the flames but when they arrived at the scene most of the animals had been burned to death.

No other buildings were affected.

SPANISH Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is confident that Spain will go to the football world cup.

Speaking in Brussels, Belgium, where he has been attending a European Union summit, the leader said: "I am absolutely convinced that Spain will be at the World Cup in Russia, and will also win."

His comments follow a spate of reports suggesting that football's governing body FIFA has warned the Spanish government over alleged political interference in the upcoming election of the country's new football federation (RFEF) president.

FIFA is able to suspend the membership of national teams if it considers that governments have unduly interfered with their respective football associations.

The RFEF has been led by interim chief Juan Luis Larrea since July, after former president Angel Maria Villar was charged with corruption.

And according to Spanish media reports, the National Sports Council has been in touch with the RFEF to discuss Villar's succesor.

This would be contravene FIFS's rules, which state: “Each member must manage their affairs independently and ensure that there is no interference by third parties in their affairs.”

The Pakistan Football Federation was earlier this year banned by FIFA over "undue third-party interference," and the Kuwait Football Association was excluded for two years from 2015 for similar offences.

Spain is among the favourites for next year's World Cup in Russia, and has been drawn alongside Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B.

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