• Spain's news in English

Six police charged over drug addict's murder

The Local · 20 Oct 2014, 12:17

Published: 20 Oct 2014 12:17 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

A judge in Cartagena, Murcia, sent six policemen to jail last week on suspicion of murdering a 44-year-old man who had called for help on the night of March 11th.

Diego Pérez Tomás, known to be a cocaine addict who suffered from schizophrenia, telephoned Cartagena police station at 9.39pm saying that a group of his neighbours in the Las Seiscientas” area of the city wanted to kill him over some stolen bicycles.

Later, as extracts from the judge’s report seen by ABC newspaper reveal, the night took a sinister turn.

After the dead man’s first phone call, a patrol went to visit Pérez at his home and tried to calm him down. However, at 4.39am Pérez called in again. He was incoherent and in an agitated state. The same police officers responded to the call, and Pérez was never seen alive again.

The agents have told their police interrogators that that they decided to take Pérez to Cala Cortina, a cove around two miles outside the city, in order to calm him down or in the words of one of those arrested, "to give him a fright".

The version of events as told by the six suspects holds that he ran away when they got to the beach, and that the reason the patrol cars left the scene only to return later on was due to their concern over Pérez’s whereabouts.

Investigators, who have had access to radio communications from the night of Pérez’s death, have also listened to testimony from a protected witness, who says that the six agents took Pérez to one of the patrol cars at which point one of them asked: “Are we taking him to the station?” His fellow agent replies: "No, we’re taking him to the lair".

"We’re bored, we’re playing hide and seek," said one of the officers over the radio when asked why there is so much activity around Cala Cortina that night.

Story continues below…

At six in the morning, Pérez’s neighbours saw his door open with the lights on. His brother reported him as missing and Pérez’s body was eventually discovered floating in Cortina Cove on March 26th.

According to the autopsy, the victim died due to a crushed spine and had flesh wounds caused near the time of death. “The victim was already dead when his body entered the water,” the forensic report reads.

According to the judge, who has provisionally accused the six men, aged between 26 and 39, of illegal detention and murder, "it is probable that the detained man was beaten by one or several of the agents […] and that once death had resulted, they decided to get rid of the body by throwing it into sea by Cala Cortina".

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.es)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spain's 'Napflix' aims to bore viewers to sleep
Photo: Screengrab/ Napflix

A Spanish video platform called Napflix, designed to put people to sleep with dull content, was launched this week and its founders are on the lookout for more "monotony and repetition."

Recipe: How to make fabada - traditional Asturian bean stew
Photo: Flavio Lorenzo Sánchez/Flickr

The hearty Asturian dish is a perfect lunch on a cold day... and don't forget the crusty bread and cider!

Brit 'paedo' held on Costa del Sol after Most Wanted appeal

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives was arrested on the Costa Del Sol following a tip-off from an expat just hours after his face appeared on a public appeal.

Spain's parliament approves deficit reduction measures
Photo: Images Money/Flickr

Spanish lawmakers approved on Thursday measures to reduce the public deficit and keep it under the target agreed with the European Union.

'Cubism and War' show opens at Barcelona Picasso Museum
Pablo Picasso Harlequin and Woman with a Necklace. Photo: MP

Barcelona's Picasso Museum unveiled an exhibition on "Cubism and War" on Thursday depicting how one of the most influential artistic styles of the 20th century survived the First World War.

Why this bionic limb pioneer doesn't believe in disability
Hugh Herr has been award Spain's top science prize. Photo: FPA

The Local speaks to Hugh Herr on winning Spain's top science prize and how being an amputee doesn't make him disabled.

Dine in the buff at Spain's first nudist restaurant
A buffet of organic food will be served on "human tables". Photo: Innato / Facebook

Spain's first naked dining experience is to arrive on the island of Tenerife following the success of a similar venture in London.

Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Photo: AFP

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled a bullfighting ban in Catalonia in what is likely to exacerbate tensions between Madrid and the separatist region, and between animal activists and fans of the tradition.

Out of the dark: Five years on from Eta ceasefire
Eta members made a ceasefire declaration in January, 2011. Photo: Gara / AFP

Five years after armed separatist group Eta declared a permanent ceasefire, Basque journalist Alberto Letona is still wondering when the dialogue will begin.

Hunt for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Call Crimestoppers if you recognize these faces.

These fugitives from British justice are thought to be hiding out in Spain. Do you recognize anyone?

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
One dead and 14 injured in blast at Spanish resort
Game of Thrones want extras 'with muscles' to film in Spain
Thousands march in Madrid to push for bullfighting ban
jobs available