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‘I meant no harm’: Man who threw kids in well

A Spanish man is facing up to 65 years in prison after he kidnapped two children and threw them into a well.

'I meant no harm': Man who threw kids in well
The suspect claims he never meant to hurt the brother and sister, and told reporters the legal system has destroyed and demoralized him. Screen Grab: YouTube

Juan José Ramos allegedly approached the eight and ten-year-old siblings in 2011 and lured them to his car by offering them a free puppy, online Spanish news site La Información reported on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old is then suspected of kidnapping the kids and taking them to a plot of land in Algete in Spain's Madrid province.

He threatened to kill them before throwing the siblings down a 2-metre (7-foot) deep well, a court in Madrid has heard.

Two days passed before the kids were rescued by firefighters who were alerted after passersby heard the children calling out for help.

But Ramos has told reporters the legal system has destroyed and demoralized him.

"I never meant to hurt those children," he said. 

Ramos now faces two counts of attempted murder, two counts of illegal detention, and rape. He could serve up to 65 years.

This is not Ramos’ first encounter with the legal system.  In 1983 Ramos was convicted of rape, and was sentenced to 23 years in jail, serving 17.

The children are suffering symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, the court heard.

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Spanish court approves extradition of UK murder suspect

A court in Spain has approved the extradition of one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, sought for his suspected role in the murder of a teenager in 2015.

Spanish court approves extradition of UK murder suspect

The decision will now go before the country’s cabinet for approval.

Spanish police arrested David Ungi in May in the town of Coin near the southern resort of Marbella on May 5th as he signed up at a gym at a shopping centre.

British police believe Ungi, 30, was involved in the fatal shooting in 2015 in Liverpool of 18-year-old Vinny Waddington.

Ungi, who left Britain less than 24 hours after Waddington was killed, is also wanted by the British authorities for alleged heroin trafficking.

Spanish police carried out the operation to arrest Ungi in cooperation with Britain’s National Crime Agency, which had put Ungi on its most-wanted list.

The Spanish coast has long been a popular bolthole for British criminals fleeing the law, because they can blend easily into the thriving expatriate communities.

There are about 290,000 British nationals officially registered as living in Spain, making them the fourth-largest foreign population in the country, according to national statistics institute INE.

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