Man arrested after a woman's burning body is found on a bonfire near Nerja

Guardia Civil officers and a funeral team attend the incident.
Guardia Civil officers and a funeral team attend the incident. / E. CABEZAS
  • The 53-year-old man was arrested in Rincón de la Victoria on Monday night after the grim find in a ravine in Maro

Police in the south of Spain are investigating a second possible gender violence death in Malaga province in just three weeks.

On Monday night, 2 August, the Guardia Civil arrested a 53-year-old Spanish man in Rincón de la Victoria in connection with the death of his partner, a 37-year-old Russian woman.

The charred body of the victim was discovered late in the evening on a bonfire in a Maro ravine, in the town of Nerja.

Sources have told SUR that the incident unfolded at a house in the Nuevo Rincón area, where the two lived together.

After allegedly killing the woman, the man carried her body to the garage to put it in the car, when he was startled by a neighbour. The man apparently told the witness that the woman had hit her head and that he was going to take her to the hospital, and the neighbour even helped him carry the body to the car. But, after the neighbour saw a trail of blood and considered the events, he decided to call the emergency services to tell them what had just happened.

Meanwhile, the suspect had driven the body more than 40 kilometres away to a difficult-to-access ravine in Maro where he built a small bonfire and put the corpse on it.

But a resident of the Nerja area found the bonfire at around seven in the evening, between the Aguila aqueduct and the A-7 Mediterranean motorway bridge, and the witness said that there was an arm protruding from the flames and smoke. Terrified, he quickly called the Guardia Civil who arrived on the scene and put out the flames.

At around 9pm the charred corpse was transferred to the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) in Malaga, where an autopsy will be performed.

The suspect was arrested at his home in Rincón de la Victoria, after several patrols responded to the neighbour’s call.

The mayor of Rincón de la Victoria, Francisco Salado, through social media, condemned the crime: “Hugely shocked by the murder of a woman in Rincón de la Victoria in a new case of gender violence. As mayor of Rincón de la Victoria, and on behalf of the entire council and the residents of the municipality, I want to express my absolute rejection. R. I. P.".

Just a few weeks ago, on 15 July, Mari Ángeles was murdered by her partner in the Bulto district of Malaga. After shooting her with a shotgun, the man took his own life.