After Spain’s National Police were called to the scene of an apparent suicide of a 68-year-old man in Málaga, the body of a 66-year-old woman was discovered in the apartment.
The police were called to an apartment block in the Ciudad Jardín area of Málaga city at just after midnight, after a man jumped to his death from the fifth floor of the building.
The incident was witnessed by residents in the surrounding area who alerted emergency services, but reportedly the paramedics were merely able to confirm the man’s death.
On the officers’ arrival, residents in the building told them where the man had lived, and that he had been living with a woman for several years. Police then rang the doorbell in an attempt to contact the man’s partner, but there was no response.
On forcing the door open and on entering the apartment, the police officers found the woman’s body. She had suffered stab wounds to the neck and chest.
Once initial investigations had been completed, the bodies were removed from the scene and taken to the Institute of Legal Medicine for post mortem examinations.
A neighbor told police that the couple, both of Spanish nationality, had been separated for several years, but were sharing the apartment because he was ill and the woman was caring for him.
Both deaths are now being investigated by the National Police. However, officials suspect that the man killed the woman prior to committing suicide by jumping from the balcony.
The Andalusian government delegate in Málaga, José Luis Ruiz Espejo, lamented this new form of male violence towards women, saying, “We must all respond to the need to eradicate violence in the province.”
He further described domestic violence as “a scourge that must not be allowed in an advanced society like ours.”
By Anne Sewell