British man, 62, is under police guard in hospital after ‘stabbing Irish 68-year-old to death during a fight in Benidorm’
- The two men were rushed to a hospital near Benidorm yesterday morning after an altercation at a property
- Police confirmed today they had been informed the Irishman had lost his fight for life despite being revived at the scene
- The British man had already been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and is now expected to face a murder charge
A British man was under police guard in a Costa Blanca hospital today after an Irish OAP he allegedly stabbed during a fight died from his wounds in hospital.
The two men were rushed to a hospital near Benidorm yesterday morning after an altercation at a property in the famous resort.
Police confirmed today they had been informed the 68-year-old Irishman had lost his fight for life despite being revived at the scene of the stabbing.
The 62-year-old Brit, who suffered less serious stab wounds, had already been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and is now expected to face a murder charge.
He remains at Marina Baixa Hospital in nearby Villajoyosa and is expected to be taken to a police station for questioning when his health permits.
Neither man has yet been named.
The incident, leading to their hospitalisation and ending with the Irish pensioner’s death, occurred around 10.30am yesterday morning at a property in Benidorm’s Rincon de Loix area which is popularly known as Little England.
Emergency services responders confirmed the older of the two men had to be revived at the scene before being rushed away by ambulance.
A spokesman for Spain’ National Police, confirming they had just been informed the Irish pensioner had died in hospital, said: ‘Yesterday around 10.30am, an emergency call was received saying two men bleeding from apparent stab wounds were in a property in Benidorm.
‘Officers found a British 62-year-old who had suffered stab wounds outside the property when they arrived and another man, a 68-year-old Irish man, on an upper floor of the property in a very serious condition with multiple stab wounds to his chest, abdomen, head and left leg.
‘Both men were transferred to Villajoyosa Hospital and an investigation launched into the incident.
‘So far those investigations have determined the British man would appear to have inflicted the injuries the other man suffered and he was arrested as the suspected author of a crime of attempted homicide and wounding pending a medical evaluation of the Irish national.
‘He was also placed under police guard in hospital.
‘It would appear a fight occurred between both men, who live together, and they injured each other.
‘Today we have received written confirmation from the hospital both men had been admitted to saying the injured Irish man has died. The investigation is continuing.’
Earlier this morning emergency medical responders confirmed they had taken two men to hospital with stab wounds yesterday but said they were unable to comment on their nationalities.
A spokesman for a regional emergency response coordination centre said: ‘The elder of the two men was very serious and had to be revived at the scene.
‘The younger man was less serious but was also taken to hospital with stab wounds.’
The incident being probed by police occurred in a street called Avenida Estocolmo a short walk from Benidorm’s famous Levante Beach.
Thousands of Brits and other foreigners have flocked to Benidorm this week for its annual Fancy Dress Party, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The number of Brits taking part has been put at around 45,000.
It was not immediately clear if the two men involved in yesterday’s incident were living together on a permanent or temporary basis in holiday-style tourist accommodation.