British expat stabbed to death in her Spanish home

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A British woman has been killed on the Costa Blanca in a suspected domestic violence murder. Her 69-year-old husband, also thought to be British, is understood to have been arrested as he tried to flee the scene. He is under police guard in hospital with a knife wound to the stomach. It was not immediately clear how he had suffered the injury.

A neighbour raised the alarm around 3.50am. Police responders found the victim’s body shortly after they reached the property before arresting her partner.

Local reports said the unnamed suspect had been included on a database after being accused of domestic violence in 2019, two years after the couple moved to Spain.

His wife reportedly declined to press charges and the case was dropped soon after.

Earlier this week it emerged a British man facing a murder charge over the frenzied stabbing of his wife at their Costa del Sol flat had died in hospital and is set to be given a pauper’s funeral.

David Cadwallader, 80, passed away less than a month after being remanded in custody following the brutal killing of his wife Lesley.

Reports at the time said she had phoned the emergency services in a desperate SOS call to say she had been knifed four times before the line went dead.

Her husband, who was thought to have Alzheimer’s, was discovered lying on a bed at their beachfront apartment in Torremolinos and arrested after police forced entry with the help of firefighters.

A judge decided to send him to prison while he continued to investigate him over the November 4 killing, although officials confirmed at the time he had been transferred to a specialist psychiatric wing.

On Tuesday it emerged Mr Cadwallader had died at the start of December, although news of his passing has only just been confirmed.

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