The Junta de Andalucía is to conduct an inspection of the Residencia DomusVi Sierra de las Nieves care home in Guaro, it has been announced, following the death of an 89-year-old woman after she was thrown to the ground and beaten by a fellow resident.
The episode, which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning, was captured by CCTV which showed the victim wandering the corridors, possibly disorientated, before attempting to enter the room of her alleged attacker.
The man, 84, who sleeps with restraints, had already freed himself and, upon discovering the woman, threw her to the ground before beating her. His roommate was also injured, albeit not seriously, in the incident.
The emergency services could do nothing to save the life of the woman who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The alleged aggressor was then taken to the Hospital Clínico in Malaga where he was stabilised ahead of a psychiatric evaluation. After being given the all-clear, he was taken into custody by the Guardia Civil and following a more exhaustive evaluation, carried out by the Malaga Institute of Legal Medicine (IML), he was sent to prison in Alhaurín de la Torre provisionally, according to the Andalusian high court, "in the absence of an appropriate psychiatric facility in the area".
The Guardia Civil have taken control of the investigations and have interviewed staff as well as seizing the CCTV footage for further inspection. They will now try to determine how the man freed himself from the ties and was able to leave his room.
Staff at the residence, which houses 114 people, refused to comment on the situation out of "respect for the families and the investigation".