National Police officers at the spot where the woman's body appeared. / JOSELE

Ex-partner of decapitated woman confesses to killing her

He has admitted his involvement to National Police as DNA tests confirm the identity of the body washed up in Marbella with no head or hands

JUAN CANO

The ex-partner of a 46-year-old woman of Colombian nationality who was reported missing in Marbella on Sunday 8 January has confessed to killing and dismembering her before throwing the body into the sea.

In the early hours of 9 January, the National Police set up an operation to locate the woman's ex-partner. The officers arrested the suspect, named only as Leonel, 45, and also of Colombian nationality, initially for allegedly breaking a restraining order.

The head of the investigating court number 5 in Marbella has ordered the imprisonment of Leonel after his confession and the results of the DNA tests on Thursday which confirm that the headless corpse is that of the missing woman.

An investigation, carried out by officers attached to the local judicial police of the Marbella Police Station, began last Sunday after a report was lodged about the disappearance of a woman, a victim of gender violence, by relatives.

Body on beach

The woman's body was found on a beach in Marbella without her head or hands and with a wide cut on her abdomen.

The discovery was made at around 5pm on Sunday 8 January, when a group of customers at a restaurant located on the Marbesa residential development spotted what appeared to be the body of a person floating in the water.

On Wednesday, a second man, a friend of the main suspect, was arrested in connection with the disappearance of the Colombian woman.