A British holidaymaker has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after his wife plunged six floors from a Benidorm hotel balcony. The 36
A British holidaymaker has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after his wife plunged six floors from a Benidorm hotel balcony.
The 36-year-old woman, who is also British, is said to be in critical condition in hospital.
The tourists were staying at the four-star Rio Park hotel, part of the Medplaya chain.
According to authorities, an alarm was raised just after midnight.
Police confirmed the woman’s 40-year-old husband has been held on suspicion of attempted homicide. It has been described as a ‘preventative measure’ while they continue to probe the circumstances surrounding the fall.
Rio Park hotel (pictured) where a 36-year-old woman is said to be fighting for her life after falling six floors from a balcony
The woman’s 40-year-old husband has been held on suspicion of attempted homicide by police [File image of Rio Park hotel]
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police confirmed: ‘Officers have arrested a British man on suspicion of attempted homicide after his wife who is also British plunged from the sixth-floor balcony of their hotel in Benidorm.
‘The arrest is a preventative measure and it will be up to a judge to decide what happens next after the man appears before him in the next day or so.
‘The couple were sharing the same room and we are talking about a foreigner who has no ties to Spain so we are under an obligation to make the arrest as we try to determine what happened.’
The woman was rushed to Hospital Marina Baixa in Villajoyosa, near Benidorm, where she remains.
Sources described her condition as ‘critical’ and said she had suffered multiple injuries.
Local reports say witnesses have told police the man was in their hotel room and the woman on the balcony when she went over the edge.
A well-placed source said: ‘It is too early at this stage to say what happened, and whether this was an accident or attempted suicide or a crime.
‘Hopefully everything will become a bit clearer in the coming hours.’
The Rio Park hotel is set in a quiet area of Benidorm, just a five minute walk from the Costa Blanca resort’s famous Levante Beach.
A look at the pool area of the Rio Park resort
Levante Beach (pictured) is only a five minute walk away from Rio Park
Describing the resort on its website, Medplaya Hotel says: ‘One of this hotel’s main assets is the personal and friendly staff and service that are popular amongst our guests who return year after year. You will be guaranteed an action-packed holiday that you will never forget.’
It is not yet clear when the man being held in custody will appear in court but it is expected to be later today or tomorrow. The hearing will be held in private as is normal in Spain where only trials are held in public.
A judge will have to decide whether he should be bailed pending an ongoing investigation or remanded in custody.
If the judge sees clear evidence the man is not in any way to blame for what happened, he could also decide not to take any further action against him.
Scottish holidaymaker Kirsty Maxwell died in a hotel plunge in Benidorm in April 2017.
Five British men were cleared of any involvement in her death after a long-running probe, with a regional court rejecting an appeal by her parents in July 2020 to persuade judges it was not an accident and overturn an earlier court decision to shelve the investigation.