Thursday, 6 March 2014

Belgian man arrested for beheading partner & killing step-daughter

A Belgian man has been detained by the Civil Guard in southern Spain, on suspicion of decapitating his partner and also of killing his nine-year-old step-daughter.

The 51-year-old Belgian woman and her nine-year-old daughter from a previous marriage were found dead in their luxury holiday property at the Sotogrande Alto, San Roque (Cádiz) on Wednesday.

The Belgian man was found by police, wandering around in a nearby street with a neck wound, yesterday morning.

Reportedly the couple, together with the woman's daughter, were renting the property as a holiday home. It is thought that they were murdered on Tuesday night, but their bodies were only discovered by the landlord on Wednesday morning.

The family were supposed to be leaving the holiday home on Wednesday and it was when the owner went to the property to collect the keys that he made the gruesome discovery.

While experts still have to determine the exact causes of death, post mortem examinations so far show that the woman was beheaded, while the girl died of strangulation with a rope or cable.

Police have cordoned off the property as investigations continue and the suspect is due in court on Friday morning.

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