Man, 78, kills 92-year-old with walking stick

A 78-year-old man has been remanded in custody for allegedly killing his sleeping 92-year-old room-mate by repeatedly striking him with a cane.

Man, 78, kills 92-year-old with walking stick
There was no known history of bad blood between the two men, said one source. File photo: Ashraful Kadir

The attack took place on Wednesday at an old people's home south of the Spanish city of Avila. 

The cause of the attack was not yet known, sources close to the investigation told Spanish news agency Efe.

Those sources added there was no known history of bad blood between the two men.

But a different source said the murder suspect was suffering Alzheimers and had previously complained his neighbour talked too much.

The presiding magistrate in the case has now asked for a report on the psychological state of the alleged murderer.

The attack took place in the town of Buenaventura in Spain's Toledo province.

In 2009, in the same municipality, an 80-year-old man shot his 75-year-old brother with a rifle.  

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Spain busts gang running carbon tax fraud

Spanish police on Tuesday announced they had broken up a criminal gang running a multi-million-euro fraud that dodged import and carbon taxes on the sale of refrigerated greenhouse gases.

Spain busts gang running carbon tax fraud

In a series of raids, police arrested 27 suspects and seized 110 tonnes of different kinds of gas worth €11 million.

The gang specialised in the “illegal traffic in greenhouse gas refrigerants” that damage the ozone layer, said a police spokesman.

The gang brought the gases in from China at the port of Valencia on Spain’s east coast, passing it off as being intended for other destinations such as Jordan, said the statement.

In fact, the refrigerant gases stayed in Spain and were sold in various regions across the country.

The gang exploited the fact that European businesses have the right to transit goods imported from non-EU countries through EU territory — where they are intended for a third country — without having to pay customs duties.

They set up a ghost company in Portugal that was the fictional recipient of the gases from Spain, in case customs agents inspected their goods, said the police statement.

The gas was in fact being sold on the black market in Spain at about three times less than the normal market price.

The gang had got out of paying import duty and paying the tax applied to the European market for carbon quotas, as well as a Spanish tax on greenhouse gas refrigerants.

Spain’s treasury estimates that the fraud cost the taxpayer €3.5 million in tax revenue.