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German murder suspect found in Spain with RIP tattoo clue

Spanish police said on Sunday that they have arrested a German fugitive suspected of slitting his girlfriend's throat and have safely recovered the couple's 18-month-old toddler.

German murder suspect found in Spain with RIP tattoo clue
The incriminating tattoo. Photo: Policia National

Officers arrested the man, identified only as Dominik R at a block of short-stay apartments in Lloret de Mar, a seaside resort roughly 70 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of Barcelona where he was hiding with the baby boy, police said in a statement.   

He had been on the run since German police found the body of his 20-year-old girlfriend inside plastic garbage bags at the couple's apartment in the town of Freyung, southeastern Germany, at the end of October.

Police said the man recently got a “macabre” tattoo inked on his upper arm with the name of his deceased girlfriend, her birthday as well the suspected date of her murder – 27/10/2016 – beside a cross along with the words “Thank you for everything” in Spanish.

The National Police released a photograph of the suspect with the incriminating tattoo.

Spanish police said they began looking for the man after they were alerted by their German counterparts that he may have fled to Spain as he made his way to North Africa.

The man is suspected of having used his girlfriend's mobile phone after he killed her to update her Facebook and other social media profiles to try to throw off investigators.

Police took the toddler to a juvenile welfare home which will look after him until German social services staff arrive in Spain to pick him up.

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Spanish police seize 4.5 tonnes of cocaine off Canaries

Spanish police announced on Saturday the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of cocaine aboard a Togolese-flagged cargo ship from Latin America which was intercepted off the Canary Islands.

Spanish police seize 4.5 tonnes of cocaine off Canaries

The “Orion V”, which transported cattle from Latin America to the Middle East, had been under surveillance for over two years and had previously been “checked and searched, but no drugs could be found inside, despite the presence of sufficient clues”, police said.

A joint naval and air operation finally made the breakthrough locating the cocaine on Tuesday, hidden in a container used to feed the cattle.

The operation mobilised among others the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre for narcotics (MAOC-N), the Togolese authorities and the Spanish police.

The 28 crew members from nine countries were arrested.

The “Orion V” was similar to another Togolese-flagged vessel, the “Blume”, which was intercepted in mid-January in the same area south-east of the Canary Islands, on which the same amount of cocaine was found.

A total of nine tonnes of drugs have been seized in January, police said in a statement.

Spain’s proximity to North Africa, a key source of hashish, and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, the world’s main cocaine-producing region, have made it a gateway into Europe for drugs.

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