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Youth arrested over Benajarafe priest attacks

Benajarafe residents gather to support Father Jesús.
Benajarafe residents gather to support Father Jesús. / SUR
  • The boy was sentenced to six months in a youth detention centre and a nine-month restraining order

A 16-year-old boy was arrested last Friday in relation to the recent racist attacks aimed at Benajarafe's priest, Jesús Ramesh Babu Gudapati.

A court sentenced the boy, who is Spanish and from the area, to six months in a youth detention centre along with a nine-month restraining order meaning the youth cannot go within 200 metres of the priest or to the village's church.

Father Jesús Ramesh Babu Gudapati, who is originally from India, reported a number of incidents to Vélez-Málaga police on 26 June, having suffered a tirade of abuse and vandalism at the hands of a gang of youths, including death threats.

Villagers have come out to support the priest and protest over the lack of police in the area since the priest reported the attacks.