A British pensioner has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of his wife in the popular Spanish resort town of Benalmádena, according to new reports.
The ex-pat, 80, is suspected of stabbing his wife more than 20 times at the couple’s home in the Costa del Sol.
The victim, believed to be in her late sixties, is reported to have called emergency services late on Friday evening to report an attack on her by her husband.
Police officers were alerted to the incident around 10.30pm on Friday, according to local media.
She was found dead in the couple’s kitchen-diner, with her husband lying on the couple’s bed in the home.
Local reports claim the pensioner suffered from a degenerative cognitive condition, thought to be either dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
He is being held by the National Police, and is expected to appear in court within the next 48 hours.
A judge will decide whether to remand the suspect in custody as the investigation continues or transfer him to a secure psychiatric facility.
Emergency services dispatched to the scene discovered the 69-year-old woman already dead, according to Spanish daily newspaper, El Mundo.
The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular destinations for Brits looking to relocate.
It is estimated that 300,000 British retirees are currently residing in Spain, with many opting for the Costa del Sol.
Around 60,000 British ex-pats choose the Spanish coast from Malaga down to just north of Gibraltar.