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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.

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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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Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo’s Ibiza house

Six people have been arrested in connection with the €3-million burglary at the house belonging to former Brazil forward Ronaldo, AFP learned on Thursday from sources close to the investigation.

Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo's Ibiza house

Paris Saint-Germain player Marco Verratti was staying at Ronaldo’s house in Ibiza but was not home when the burglars struck on Monday, making off with jewellery and money.

Two people were arrested in the port of Denia in eastern Spain and four others were held in the southern city of Malaga, these sources told AFP without further details.

According to the Spanish press, four of the six arrested are Albanian, the other two being a Spaniard and a Romanian, making up an organised gang specialising in burglary.

Press reports also claim that the Spanish police recovered a large part of the loot, estimated at around €3 million.

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