Mystery over Danish tourist death in Spain

The husband of a Danish woman has been arrested after she was found dead with bruises and wounds in a hotel room in southern Spain.

Mystery over Danish tourist death in Spain
The body of a Danish tourist was found in the Spanish holiday resort of Torre del Mar. Photo: Tyk/Wikimedia

Spanish police are investigating the death of a Danish tourist, who was found dead with signs of violence in a popular tourist spot on the Malaga coast.

The woman’s husband, also a Danish national, raised the alarm at the reception of the four-star BQ Andalucía Beach Hotel, in Torre del Mar, on Sunday morning.

He went to reception at 9am and told staff his wife was having trouble breathing, hotel director, Andrés Guerrero confirmed to local newspaper, Malaga Hoy.

When hotel staff went up to the fifth floor room with the 50-year-old Danish man, they discovered his wife´s dead body lying on the bed and immediately called police and an ambulance.

Sources close to the investigation confirm that the woman had bruises and wounds and that there was blood on the bed sheets. The body appeared to have been dead for some time and the room was disorganized and messy.

The woman’s husband appeared disorientated and nervous, including exhibiting signs of drunkenness, the same source confirmed.

The husband was arrested and is due to appear before a judge on Monday or Tuesday; police are investigating whether the death was murder.

The woman was found in a hotel in Torre del Mar on Spain's southern coast. 

The woman’s body was taken to Malaga’s Institute of Forensic Anatomy where an autopsy will be carried out on Monday to clarify the cause of death.

The couple checked into the hotel on Saturday without having made a reservation. They were accompanied by a third person who took a separate room and all three were due to check out on Sunday.

The Danish foreign ministry has confirmed the reports to the Danish press. 

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Spain police start wearing bodycams to boost security

Spanish police have begun wearing body cameras to record their interactions with the public in a move aimed at ensuring greater security that is gaining ground in Europe and the US.

Spain police start wearing bodycams to boost security

The interior ministry said the bodycam was launched Monday and would be “rolled out on a gradual basis to all police officers”, without saying how many were involved in the initial stages.

Spain’s TVE public television said the tiny cameras were being attached to the officers’ uniforms and could be activated either manually or automatically.

The main Spanish police union JUPOL hailed the move on Twitter, saying it was in response to “a request that the union has been making”.

“It will guarantee security, both for us to avoid any kind of misrepresentation of our interventions, as well as for the public, who will be able to clearly see the police’s professionalism and that there is no abuse of power nor excesses,” union spokesman Pablo Pérez told TVE.

Forces in Europe and the United States are increasingly turning to such technology to boost transparency following a string of fatal shootings and other claims against police over the past decade.

“The cameras are being used under public safety protocols in order to record everything that happens in the event of an unwarranted offence during an operation,” Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska told TVE ahead of the rollout.

“If they are activated, it is to guarantee security and really be transparent so that the officers’ actions can be seen and checked,” the minister said.

“This means security for both the police and the public,” he added, suggesting that in time, they would also be available to Spain’s Guardia Civil rural police force.

France began trialling bodycams, known as “pedestrian cameras”, in 2013
before a gradual rollout in 2015 in a move welcomed by police, but greeted with scepticism by rights groups who said there was no guarantee they would be always activated.

Police in London and New York also began pilot schemes in 2014 with credit-card-sized cameras clipped onto their uniforms with the technology gradually deployed over the following years.

But the cameras have had mixed success. The absence of any legal obligation governing their use can also limit their scope to uncover police misconduct.