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Tenerife teen killed dad and hid headless torso in suitcase

A Brazilian minor living on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife has been arrested for the suspected murder of his father, after a naked torso was discovered in a sunken suitcase.

Tenerife teen killed dad and hid headless torso in suitcase
The body was discovered in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Photo: María Renée Batlle Castillo/Flickr

The body was discovered by divers for the Compañía Auxiliar del Puerto (CAPSA) who were cleaning the sea wall in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The suitcase contained a male torso wrapped in plastic bags, missing its head and limbs.

The beach, which was full of sunbathers, was immediately closed while police carried out forensic tests. 

The Civil Guard arrested a boy of Brazilian nationality on Monday afternoon for the suspected murder of his father, according to newspaper El Español.

He is suspected of throwing the suitcase into the sea on Monday, May 30th.

Locals told police they had seen a young man “perhaps of Moroccan or South American origin” carrying a suitcase – or two, according to some witnesses – close to the sea that night. He asked locals where the best place was to access the sea.

Eyewitness testimony and forensic evidence (the body in the suitcase was found to be South American) led police to a house in the Salamanca neighbourhood of the city, where the man lived with his son. 

Police revealed the son and father most probably had a fight, which resulted in the son killing the father, chopping up his body and throwing it into the sea. 

Police sources confirmed that when searching the house of the suspect they discovered evidence of the having been chopped up.

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Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The Moroccan suspect held in connection with a machete attack on two Spanish churches, killing a verger and badly injuring a priest, will undergo psychiatric testing, a court said Tuesday.

Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The case is being handled by the Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s top criminal court, with the judge in charge asking that “two doctors conduct a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect”.

The suspect, 25-year-old Yassine Kanjaa, was arrested at the scene after the attacks on two churches in the southern town of Algeciras last week.

The Audiencia Nacional said the psychiatric evaluation, which will be carried out by doctors from the court’s forensic department, would provide “information about the legal responsibility” of the “presumed jihadist”.

Prosecutors have opened a terror probe and, on Monday, the court remanded the suspect in custody without bail on murder and terrorism charges.

During the deadly incident on January 26th, the suspect entered San Isidro church and attacked its priest with a machete, leaving him seriously wounded before entering Nuestra Señora de La Palma.

There he attacked the verger and chased him out of the church where he killed him.

‘Targeted priests and infidels’

Court details released on Monday said the attacker had also injured three other people, including another Moroccan man whom he “considered an infidel” because he had renounced his faith.

It said Kanjaa’s actions could be “qualified as a jihadist attack directed at both priests who profess the Catholic faith, and Muslims who, according to the suspect, don’t follow the Koran”.

The court said the suspect fits the profile of a “self-indoctrinated terrorist who acts individually without direct ties to a specific terror group but operates in the name of jihadist philosophy”.

Last week, Spain’s left-wing government refused to rule out mental illness and the police have described him as “unstable”.

The court said Kanjaa became indoctrinated “rapidly” within the space of up to six weeks, citing witnesses as telling police that just before that, he “was drinking alcohol and smoking hashish”. Then he suddenly started listening “regularly to the Koran on his mobile phone”.

One of Kanjaa’s neighbours told AFP something similar on Friday, saying he had changed radically six weeks ago, growing a beard and wearing a long robe.

Officials have said Kanjaa was served with a deportation order last June but had no prior convictions and was not under surveillance.

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