Man, 24, arrested in connection with father's fatal stabbing

The body of Julio Nieto (inset) is taken away.
The body of Julio Nieto (inset) is taken away. / SUR
  • Local Police officers arrested the suspect who had fled the family home on a city bus and checked in to a hotel in Malaga city centre

Malaga. A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the killing of his father in the Malaga neighbourhood of Limonar on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was 70-year-old Julio Nieto, a well-known and well-respected former mining engineer. He shared his home with his son after his wife died from an illness and his other children moved away.

The alarm was raised at around 4.30pm after reports of an attack in the home from neighbours in the same apartment block. However, once the emergency services reached the scene, they could only pronounce Nieto dead as a result of stab wounds.

The assailant had fled the scene and this led to a manhunt across the city. Sources close to the investigation said that he fled on public transport, taking a bus from the area into the city centre. Following conversations with the bus company, the search became focused on the area around the Paseo del Parque, churches that he is known to frequent and a hotel where he is a regular guest.

At that hotel, the receptionist confirmed that he had checked in and police arrested him in his room. He had blood stains on his clothes at the time.

The dead man's son, who is believed to have a mental health condition, was taken to a hospital while kept under police custody.

On Thursday, police were searching for a woman who worked as a housekeeper in the man's home and is thought to have witnessed the attack.