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.

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Tenerife closes island as coronavirus infections soar but will still allow tourists

The government of the Canary Islands have decided to ban non-essential travel to the island of Tenerife from Friday after a recent surge in infections.

Tenerife closes island as coronavirus infections soar but will still allow tourists
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Regional president Ángel Víctor Torres announced the “tough measures” late Wednesday and said the island would be close off to all but essential travel from Friday at midnight.

He said that for a period of two weeks, travel between municipalities on the island should be avoided, that  social gatherings would be limited to six people from a maximum of two households, and the curfew would be brought forward to 10pm.

But while the decision appeared to derail the plans of thousands of holidaymakers who have booked to travel to the island for some winter sun over Christmas, a clarification came from the island’s Health Ministry explaining that tourists were exempt from the ban.

Those already on the island will be allowed to stay on and return home as planned, while new arrivals, both from mainland Spain or elsewhere, will be welcome if they have proof of accommodation booked and a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours.

A spokesperson from Jet2 which is operating holidays to the island said:

“We are aware of news reports regarding Tenerife closing its borders to holidaymakers. We can assure customers that we have received confirmation from the Canaries Government that this is not the case.  Holidaymakers can still travel to Tenerife to enjoy Christmas and their well-deserved holidays in the sunshine.

“Given this welcome update from the Canaries Government, alongside the current FCDO travel advice, we are operating our flights and holidays programmes to Tenerife as normal.”

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