Belgian man arrested on suspicion of Tolox murder

The victim's body being removed from the scene.
The victim's body being removed from the scene. / FERNANDO TORRES
  • The suspect was detained in his home country in connection with the death of a Belgian woman near Coín on Tuesday

A Belgian man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a woman in Tolox on Tuesday. He was detained in Belgium under a European Arrest Warrant put out by the Guardia Civil.

The victim's body was discovered by her brother, who lives in Coín. He became concerned when the woman, named as Ana, did not answer his calls on Tuesday, as they would usually speak on the phone every day. He drove to her house, which is located in a remote rural area in Tolox municipality, home to many foreign residents, at around five in the afternoon.

After getting inside, he began calling her name, but still found no reply. When he reached her bedroom, he found her lifeless body under the covers in bed with signs of violence. He immediately called 112, and the Guardia Civil and an ambulance were dispatched to the location, but were only able to confirm the woman's death.

The prime suspect from the start was the now-detainee, a Belgian man with whom Ana had been friends for several months. It appears that he had been helping her to refurbish her house.

Neither her brother nor his wife knew whether Ana and this Belgian man were romantically involved, but they did know that he had slept in her house before, as they said that he came and went from Belgium but did not have a permanent residence in Malaga province.

The brother told SUR that the house showed no signs of a violent struggle having taken place. Ana's brother also told SUR that she was an expert in martial arts, which makes the lack of any signs of resistance even more puzzling. However, Ana was a collector, and several valuable objects were missing.

It is thought that the killer attacked her while she was sleeping and then escaped the scene in her Mercedes. Neighbours said they saw the car leaving at around five in the morning, after several dogs began barking.

The suspect was in fact arrested while driving Ana's car in Belgium. He is facing charges of murder and violent robbery.

Ana had moved to Spain in 2017 to be closer to her brother, her only surviving relative except for her daughter, who still resides in Belgium.

The provisional results of the autopsy, carried out at the Malaga Institute of Legal Medicine on Wednesday and Thursday, suggest that the victim suffered multiple blows to the head. She was killed when one of these blows fractured her skull.