69-year-old Briton ‘stabbed to death by husband’ in Spanish stabbing ‘made frantic call to cops before line was cut’

A British woman who was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband made a frantic call for cops during the attack – before the line was cut, it has been reported.

Police rushed to the couple’s home in the resort town of Benalmadena when the 69-year-old called emergency services to say her husband had stabbed her four times.

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Cops found the woman with 20 stab wounds in the couple’s home in BenalmadenaCredit: Solarpix
A man suspected of stabbing his wife has been arrested

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A man suspected of stabbing his wife has been arrestedCredit: Solarpix
The alleged killer, 80, was found lying in bed at the couple's home

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The alleged killer, 80, was found lying in bed at the couple’s homeCredit: Solarpix

They arrived at the apartment to find her dead in the kitchen-dining room with more than 20 stab wounds and her suspected killer lying on their bed.

The 80-year-old, who has not yet been named, was arrested at the scene and is currently being held at Benalmadena National Police Station.

Police said the suspect appeared to be suffering from a “psychological illness with cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease”.

The alarm was raised around 10.30pm on Friday night when the victim made a frantic 999 call to the police – but the line suddenly went dead.

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Upon arrival they were forced to fight their way through the £130,000 home and it is believed a kitchen knife was used in the attack.

A well-placed source said: ‘She said she was stabbed by her husband and police were mobilized with other emergency responders but found her dead inside the property when they arrived .

“She had been stabbed several times, apparently more than 20.”

The victim allegedly reported her husband to the police three times for domestic violence, although it was not immediately clear whether she had decided to press charges.

Local reports said no protective measures were in place at the time of the killing.

A neighbor of the couple in the 12-storey 1970s building overlooking Benalmadena’s seafront promenade, confirmed that police tried unsuccessfully to break down the door before gaining access through another entrance.

He added: “They have been living here for ages, probably 30 years.

“A lot of foreigners live in this block and I know they used to help newcomers find their feet here.

“I never saw young people visiting who might have been parents and I was told that they had already decided to donate their apartment to an animal shelter when they died.”

Another neighbor said, “I didn’t hear any shouting or arguing before the police arrived.

“They tried to break down the door but couldn’t get through and ended up entering through a back entrance.

“It’s so awful that it ends this way.”

The suspect is expected to be brought to justice within the next 48 hours so that he can be questioned again by a judge in a closed hearing.

The judge will have to decide whether to place him in pre-trial detention pending an ongoing investigation or send him to a secure psychiatric hospital if it is confirmed that he suffers from a mental or cerebral disorder.

A spokesman for the Spanish National Police in Malaga said this morning in his first official comment on the fatal stabbing: “Yesterday (FRIDAY) at around 10:30 p.m. an 80-year-old man allegedly killed his 69-year-old wife.

“The victim received several stab wounds with a bladed weapon.

“The alleged killer has been arrested.

“It would appear that he has a psychological illness with cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.”

How to get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Connect with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarize yourself with the silent solution, report abuse without speaking on the phone, by dialing “55” instead.
  • Always keep some cash with you, including change for a public phone or a bus ticket.
  • If you think your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower risk area of ​​the house, such as where there is an exit and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and the garage, where there are probably knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might be trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be locked in a closet or other small space.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email helpline is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid offers a live chat service – available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can also call the free 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.