The town hall in Torremolinos has been told by a top court that it has to pay out almost 30,000 euros to a former official for psychological abuse during disagreements with the ex-mayor and his councillors.
The judge said that María Auxiliadora Gómez was “humiliated” by the previous PP party administration at the town hall. Gómez was municipal secretary, and as such oversaw the legality of the council's actions. The complaint against the council said that in 2009 she had criticised then mayor, Pedro Fernández Monte, over awards of beach lifeguard contracts and the sale of 95 per cent of the shares in the town's public water company. The council is now PSOE party controlled but still has to pay the amount.