Man dies after cleaning fluid served as wine

A man has died of massive internal burns after mistakenly being served undiluted detergent, which was being stored in an empty bottle of white wine.

Man dies after cleaning fluid served as wine
Andrés Lorente died after drinking cleaning fluid that had been served as white wine. Photo: fs999/Flickr

The 49-year-old man died of internal burns after drinking cleaning fluid he thought was white wine in the city of Benicarló in the Spanish province of Castellón.

Andrés Lorente was in bar Raconet, on Isabel de Villena square, for a Sunday afternoon drink on June 14th when he was served what he thought was a glass of white wine.

In fact the liquid he was served was cleaning fluid that had been stored in an empty bottle of wine and mistakenly been put in the fridge by a member of staff.

After taking a sip of what he thought was white wine, Lorente felt a burning sensation, according to local newspaper, El Periódico Mediterraneo. 

In an attempt to cool the burning sensation he felt in his throat Lorente drank water, according to witnesses, something which could have contributed to the corrosive effect of the cleaning fluid in his body.

An ambulance was called and paramedics tried to resuscitate Lorente on the scene, before taking him to Comarcal de Vinaròs hospital, where he died.

The director of the department of Gastroenterology at Castellón General Hospital, José Antonio Martín, warned that ingesting even a small amount of such a concentrated liquid can be lethal.

“It starts burning immediately,” he told El Periódico Mediterraneo, “if it is potent, it can burn and puncture the oesophagus and stomach.”

Lorente's body will undergo a post mortem to determine the cause of death, police sources told Spanish news agency, EFE.

The owner of Bar Raconet has been questioned by police and could face charges. He is due to appear before a judge on Tuesday. 

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Tenerife murder: German father suspected of killing wife and son faces judge

A German man suspected of killing his wife and son in a cave in Tenerife which his other seven-year-old reportedly managed to escape was being questioned by a judge on Friday, police said.

Tenerife murder: German father suspected of killing wife and son faces judge
Police cars in Tenerife during the search for the missing mother and her son. Photo: Andres Gutierrez/El Día/DPA

The grisly murder in the holiday island has made headlines after a couple found the boy wandering on the mountain earlier this week, bringing him to police whom he reportedly told his father had assaulted his mother and brother.

His 43-year-old father was detained on Tuesday evening in Adeje in the southwest of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.

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Police launched a major search and on Wednesday found the bodies of the 39-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son “in a mountainous area, inside a cave, between two ravines,” police said.

The suspect was “taken to an investigating magistrate” at a court in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for questioning, a police spokesman told AFP.

The central government's representative in the Canary Islands, Juan Salvador Leon, told reporters he was “sure that it was premeditated, that he had planned to trick his sons and wife.”

'Hidden Easter presents in a cave'

A Dutch woman in the area who helped translate between the seven-year-old and investigators, told reporters the family had “gone up via a path” as if they were going on a walk.

“It appears they had a picnic and that the father then said he had hidden Easter presents in a cave and he took them there, tricking them,” said the woman, identified as Annelies by Spanish media.

She says the boy said he saw his father beat his mother and then attack his brother.

“The kid doesn't know that his mother is dead” but believes she is “just seriously injured,” she told reporters.

He “was really intelligent, he threw a stone at his father and ran away, the father wasn't able to catch up with him.”

According to Spanish media, which cites sources close to the probe, the mother and children were visiting the father who lived in the Canary Islands.

The parents were separated, media said.