Spanish court convicts German man over murder of wife and son in Tenerife

A court in Spain sentenced a German man to life in prison on Thursday for beating his wife and son to death with a rock in a cave on the holiday island of Tenerife.

Handrick murdered his wife and son in a cave in Adeje in the south of Tenerife in 2019. Photo: DESIREE MARTIN/AFP

The court also convicted Thomas Handrick of attempting to murder the couple’s younger son, who managed to escape and alert the authorities to what had happened.

It ruled that it had been proven that in April 2019 Handrick, then 43, took his wife and their two children, then aged ten and seven, to an “isolated spot where they could not get help”.

He then struck his wife repeatedy with his hands and a rock until she was dead, the court said.

When his older son tried to protect his mother, Handrick “violently and repeatedly” hit the boy with his hands and rocks until he too was dead.

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Handrick’s younger son managed to flee and “survive his trek though a remote and uninhabited area” and then led police to the bodies of his mother and brother.

Handrick was then arrested at an apartment in Adeje on the south coast of Tenerife.

The crime sparked outrage in Spain, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez blasting the act of “gender-based violence” on Twitter.

The couple had reportedly been separated for some time and the woman had travelled to Tenerife with her two sons to visit Handrick, who was living in Adeje at the time.

Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. The island is a popular holiday destination for German and British tourists.

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Spanish police arrest one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives

Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, sought for his suspected role in the murder of a teenager.

Spanish police arrest one of Britain's most wanted fugitives

British police believe David Ungi, 30, was involved in the fatal shooting in 2015 in Liverpool of 18-year-old Vinny Waddington while he was riding a motorcycle.

Ungi, who is also wanted in connection with heroin trafficking, left Britain less than 24 hours after Waddington was killed, according to British authorities.

Two other men were convicted in 2016 of the 18-year-old’s murder.

Spanish police said in a statement Ungi was arrested along with three other British men in the town of Coin near the southern resort of Marbella on May 5 as they entered a gym at a shopping centre.

Officers seized a firearm from a rucksack being carried by one of the men, Spain’s National Police said in a statement.

A police search of Ungi’s residence in Coin turned up a machinegun and two other guns as well as “abundant ammunition”, 15 kilos (33 pounds) of cocaine and 19 kilos of hashish, the statement added.

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

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