Police Investigate the Death of a British Tourist
Police arrest and detain British Tourist on Suspected Murder.
Update 12th April 2019 – Detained man has been released from Prison.
A British tourist arrested over the Benidorm death of Scots stag do reveller Jim Clark has been released from prison.
The unnamed 33-year-old, was told he was being probed on suspicion of homicide after being held last month as he tried to return to the UK before being remanded in custody after a court appearance.
Today it emerged he has regained his freedom after being allowed to leave jail just 31 days after his detention at Alicante Airport.
An investigating judge has told him he must sign on at court every fortnight but has not banned him from leaving Spain, opening up the possibility he can return to Britain and sign on at his nearest Spanish consulate.
Further tests are taking place but forensic experts are understood to have told the judge the injuries the dead man suffered were not serious enough to have ended his life.
The probe will continue but is expected to be downgraded from a homicide investigation, although no-one was available for comment at the court this morning/yesterday morning (FRI) and it was not clear if the holidaymaker arrested last month had flown back to Britain or was still in Spain.
He has not been charged with any crime, as is normal in Spain where formal charges are only laid shortly before trial. Read the full story from the Daily Record.
Update 13th March 2019 – British Tourist arrested at Alicante Airport when waiting for his plane.
The National Police arrested the suspect when he tried to catch a flight to Scotland at the Alicante-Elche airport on Sunday. He has since appeared in court in Benidorm and has been detained.
“The court of Instruction number 3 of Benidorm, acting guard, decreed yesterday the admission in provisional prison , communicated and without bail of a British tourist of 33 years like presumed author of the death of a compatriot of the same age with which he fought last Friday in what is known as “zona guiri” in the city of Benidorm, according to police sources and the Superior Court of Justice (TSJ) of the Valencian Community. According to the TSJ, the detainee is under investigation in an open case for the crime of homicide.”
The arrested man has claimed in his defence that the victim assaulted him first after exchanging a few words when he went with his partner on Calle Gerona and crossed with the now deceased, who was not with his group of friends who had travelled with him to Benidorm for a Stag party.
CCTV analysed by the Judicial Police and information provided by the witnesses allowed the suspect to be identified , although the police did not know his name, only that he was of British origin.
The clarification of the death of the Scottish tourist was achieved in a record time. The expertise of the investigators of the Judicial Police of Benidorm identified the presumed murderer when he was in the terminal of Alicante airport with his partner last Sunday morning.
The detainee was quietly waiting for boarding with his suitcase when it was detected by the National Police.
The agents acted discreetly because in the vicinity were the group of friends of the deceased , who had travelled to the Costa Blanca with the victim to celebrate a bachelor party of one of them and were at the airport waiting to board another flight to Scotland.
The police asked him to accompany him and the agents were walking calmly through the terminal with the suspect and his partner. Once outside he was introduced into a police vehicle and transferred to the police station in Benidorm, where he was detained for two nights before attending Court.
The detainee has not denied that he hit the victim, although the autopsy has not been conclusive as to the cause of the death of the tourist and is awaiting new complementary tests, including a toxicological analysis. Update provided by Diario Informacion
Update 12th March 2019
Initial reports from autopsy fail to confirm 100% that the British tourist that was found dead in Calle Gerona last week after a fight, died from a head injury he suffered.
Further tests are due. Update courtesy of Fresh Radio Spain
Update 11th March 2019
Spanish police have identified a 33-year-old man from Scotland who died in the early hours of Friday 8th March in Benidorm.
Reports from the UK have identified the man as Jim Clark, from Hawick, was staying in a hotel in the holiday resort.
Officers are trying to trace two men in connection with the death in the early hours of Friday morning, they are understood to be of English origin. Story courtesy of BBC
Friday 8th March 2019
The victim age 33, was found dead shortly after an altercation in the “guiri area”
Story Source www.diarioinformacion.com Translated from Spanish, so some information may be slightly lost in translation.
The National Police have opened an investigation to clarify the death of a 33-year-old British tourist at around 3.15 am this morning. Agents of the Judicial Police of Benidorm have taken charge of the case. The police have found out that moments before a fight between citizens of British origin broke out in the area. “Police were called and arrived at the scene to find two people trying to assist another who was lying on the ground. He was confirmed dead shortly afterwards.
The autopsy to be performed at the Institute of Legal Medicine will determine the cause of death and clarify whether he died of a stroke or for any other reason.
The event occurred about three in the morning. with the National Police being alerted at three fifteen where a man was found lying on the ground in Calle Gerona with two people trying to revive him.
The ambulance service was called, who on arrival at the scene could do nothing to save his life and confirmed the death at the scene.
Once the death was confirmed, the police protocol of violent deaths was activated. The judicial commission was alerted to the death, as well as the Scientific Police and the Judicial Police. The specialists conducted an inspection in the area and gathered data from witnesses to clarify the events. The judicial commission authorized the removal of the body and its transfer to the Institute of Legal Medicine of Alicante to perform the autopsy to determine the cause of death.
“The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have taken place at this stage.
*Guiri is a colloquial Spanish name applied to foreign tourists, particularly from countries in northern Europe.