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Video game killer slays millionaire dad

A 19-year-old Spanish man who ended his wealthy father's life with a spiked bat modelled on a video game weapon has been remanded in custody without bail by a Majorca judge after confessing to the murder.

Video game killer slays millionaire dad
Coll told a Majorcan judge he’d decided to murder his father because of constant humiliation on the victim’s part. Photo: Benjami/Flicker/screenshot of Dead Rising 2

Last Friday, Andreu Coll junior, along with his accomplice and friend Francisco Abas Rodriguez, owned up to the killing of millionaire businessman Andreu Coll senior.

The murder took place on the night of the 29th of June in the small Majorcan municipality of Alaró, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported recently.

The pair admitted to having first drugged Andreu's father before bludgeoning him with a medieval-style spiked bat, a vase, a hammer and a music speaker.

After cleaning up the blood and fingerprints with bleach, Coll and Abbas drove in the victim's Land Rover to the nearby town of Bunyola.

Their intention was to make it look like a robbery and so removed Coll senior’s Rolex and rings before dumping the body.

Although the pair went to the victim's funeral, Spain’s Civil Guard soon arrested them after infrared tests showed them to be the real murderers.

Coll and Abbas first met online a year and a half earlier while playing the popular videogame Call of Duty.

Official trailer for the video game Dead Rising 2

According to Abas's lawyer, his client fell in love with Coll after the pair spent time together in Majorca and Zaragoza.

Both young men were obsessed with violent video games, spending up to 12 hours at a stretch in front of their screens.

Police believe the medieval-style spiked bat they manufactured was based on a similar weapon found in Dead Rising 2.

Coll told a Majorcan judge he'd decided to murder his father because of constant humiliation on the victim's part.

But he is also heir to a €50 million fortune, a fact Spanish media have taken to indicated their money may have also been a motivation for the murder.

Abas's lawyer told the court that his client "regretted taking part in the murder but had done it for love".

The Regional High Court in the Balearic Islands has dictated a nondisclosure order while the trial continues.

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Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The Moroccan suspect held in connection with a machete attack on two Spanish churches, killing a verger and badly injuring a priest, will undergo psychiatric testing, a court said Tuesday.

Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The case is being handled by the Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s top criminal court, with the judge in charge asking that “two doctors conduct a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect”.

The suspect, 25-year-old Yassine Kanjaa, was arrested at the scene after the attacks on two churches in the southern town of Algeciras last week.

The Audiencia Nacional said the psychiatric evaluation, which will be carried out by doctors from the court’s forensic department, would provide “information about the legal responsibility” of the “presumed jihadist”.

Prosecutors have opened a terror probe and, on Monday, the court remanded the suspect in custody without bail on murder and terrorism charges.

During the deadly incident on January 26th, the suspect entered San Isidro church and attacked its priest with a machete, leaving him seriously wounded before entering Nuestra Señora de La Palma.

There he attacked the verger and chased him out of the church where he killed him.

‘Targeted priests and infidels’

Court details released on Monday said the attacker had also injured three other people, including another Moroccan man whom he “considered an infidel” because he had renounced his faith.

It said Kanjaa’s actions could be “qualified as a jihadist attack directed at both priests who profess the Catholic faith, and Muslims who, according to the suspect, don’t follow the Koran”.

The court said the suspect fits the profile of a “self-indoctrinated terrorist who acts individually without direct ties to a specific terror group but operates in the name of jihadist philosophy”.

Last week, Spain’s left-wing government refused to rule out mental illness and the police have described him as “unstable”.

The court said Kanjaa became indoctrinated “rapidly” within the space of up to six weeks, citing witnesses as telling police that just before that, he “was drinking alcohol and smoking hashish”. Then he suddenly started listening “regularly to the Koran on his mobile phone”.

One of Kanjaa’s neighbours told AFP something similar on Friday, saying he had changed radically six weeks ago, growing a beard and wearing a long robe.

Officials have said Kanjaa was served with a deportation order last June but had no prior convictions and was not under surveillance.

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