The 47-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in her home in Fuengirola on Saturday had moved out of the family home just a month and a half ago to start a new life after 30 years with the man who is now being held in connection with her death.
Leonor was killed in the presence of the couple's 16-year-old son, who suffered minor injuries to his arms and neck in the incident. After her son raised the alarm at around 7pm the emergency services found the victim in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor with several stab wounds to the upper body and neck.
The boy's father, a 50-year-old man born in Fuengirola but of German nationality and Leonor's partner since the couple were teenagers, was arrested after he went to the Costa del Sol hospital in Marbella to be treated for a blow to the head.
Leonor and her son had moved into the apartment where she was killed in the Camino de Coín area just three weeks ago, choosing the area to be closer to her parents.
Identified only as F. S. d. T., the suspect was subject to mood swings, according to people who knew Leonor, and his behaviour had distanced the couple from their group of friends. Nevertheless she had not reported him for domestic violence.
The couple, who married in 1995, had started going out together when they were "15 or 16 years old", according to acquaintances. F. S. d. T. had changed his nationality from Spanish to German - his father is from Germany - apparently to avoid having to do national service