Two teens added to list of arrests over killing of gay man in Spain

Two more suspects, both minors, have been arrested in Spain over the weekend killing of a young gay man that sparked nationwide protests, police said Friday.

Two teens added to list of arrests over killing of gay man in Spain
Photo: Curro de la Torre/AFP

Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, was out with friends in the northern city of Coruña in the early hours of Saturday when an argument started outside a nightclub.

His friends told Spanish media that Luiz (pictured below) was making a video call when two passersby accused him of trying to film them on his phone.

When Luiz explained he was talking to a friend by video, he was attacked by one of the passersby, leaving him with a badly bruised face.

Shortly after, the attacker allegedly returned with several others who beat Luiz unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries later on Saturday.

“Two new arrests, two minors of Spanish nationality, linked to the Samuel homicide, bringing to six the number of people detained at this stage,” the national police tweeted on Friday.


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Four suspects aged between 20 and 25 — three men and one woman — had been arrested over the death earlier in the week.

None of the suspects knew the victim, police told AFP.

The assailants shouted homophobic slurs while beating Luiz, according to his friends’ version of the events.

Police have not yet deemed it a homophobic attack, a spokesman saying “all hypothesis are open”.

The attack coincided with Pride celebrations in Spain and sparked protests in cities including Madrid and Barcelona on Monday night to demand better protection for gay people.

Demonstrators carried signs with slogans including “what they call you while they kill you matters”.

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez condemned the killing, calling it a “savage and merciless act” in a tweet.

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Spanish court approves extradition of UK murder suspect

A court in Spain has approved the extradition of one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, sought for his suspected role in the murder of a teenager in 2015.

Spanish court approves extradition of UK murder suspect

The decision will now go before the country’s cabinet for approval.

Spanish police arrested David Ungi in May in the town of Coin near the southern resort of Marbella on May 5th as he signed up at a gym at a shopping centre.

British police believe Ungi, 30, was involved in the fatal shooting in 2015 in Liverpool of 18-year-old Vinny Waddington.

Ungi, who left Britain less than 24 hours after Waddington was killed, is also wanted by the British authorities for alleged heroin trafficking.

Spanish police carried out the operation to arrest Ungi in cooperation with Britain’s National Crime Agency, which had put Ungi on its most-wanted list.

The Spanish coast has long been a popular bolthole for British criminals fleeing the law, because they can blend easily into the thriving expatriate communities.

There are about 290,000 British nationals officially registered as living in Spain, making them the fourth-largest foreign population in the country, according to national statistics institute INE.