A court in Malaga has given the man accused of murdering his partner in La Viñuela in February a six-month prison sentence for causing grievous bodily harm to a previous girlfriend.
The incident for which the sentence was given occurred in Malaga city centre in May 2016, when the man hit his then partner twice in the face causing injuries which led to her spending five days in hospital. As well as the prison sentence the man, who has been in custody awaiting the trial of the La Viñuela murder since February, was also issued with a restraining order meaning that he cannot have any kind of contact with the victim of the 2016 incident.
In February the man was tracked down in Marbella after the body of 44-year-old María Adela Fortes was found at her home in the village of La Viñuela in the Axarquía. They had met on the internet a few months before and had started a relationship.
The man had already served a nine-month prison sentence in 2012 for physically abusing his then wife and has allegedly been reported for domestic violence by a number of partners.