A man of Brazilian origin has been remanded in custody and refused bail over the presumed murder of a 21-year-old man outside a nightclub in Estepona's port early last Sunday morning. There was tension among onlookers on Tuesday when the accused appeared in court.
According to eyewitnesses, the man in his early 20s approached the victim, named as Abdessamad El Ammali, outside the venue at around 3.30am, stabbing him in the neck. A security guard managed to detain the alleged attacker, however the victim died at the scene.
The dead man worked at a barbershop in the centre of Sabinillas, Manilva, where he was a popular member of the community.
Friends and other eyewitnesses claimed that the incident started inside the bar, when the presumed attacker spilled a drink on the victim and there was pushing between them. An argument started but friends were able to break them up.
One friend, Elena, claimed, "It was nothing, we never thought that it could have ended how it did."
After the supposed aggressor bumped into somebody else in the club, he was asked to leave by security. However, coming across Abdessamad with a friend outside the entrance, a scuffle started again. The detained man allegedly brought out a knife, stabbing his victim in the neck.
Friends of the dead man say he didn't know the supposed attacker. Abessamand "was a simple guy, hardworking, and nobody had a bad word to say about him" one said. In contrast the accused was said to be "conflictive" and "stole and squatted in houses".
The death has shocked residents in both Estepona and Manilva, where a silent protest was held.