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Scot in court in Benidorm accused of killing stag do reveller from Hawick

Written by on March 13, 2019

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Article Written & Published By: Daily Record

Scot in court in Benidorm accused of killing stag do reveller from Hawick

The unnamed 33-year-old went before a judge in the resort after being arrested at Alicante Airport on Sunday over the death of Jim Clark, from Hawick.

A man appeared in a Spanish court yesterday accused of killing a fellow Scot in Benidorm.

The unnamed 33-year-old went before a judge in the resort after being arrested at Alicante Airport on Sunday trying to board a flight back to Scotland.

He spent two nights in a police cell before being taken to court to be quizzed in a closed hearing and was remanded in custody.

He is accused of killing tourist Jim Clark, 33, from Hawick in the Borders, who was pronounced dead at the scene of an incident in Benidorm’s Little England area just after 3am on Friday.

Sources close to the investigation said he’d continue to be probed on suspicion of a crime of homicide while he remains in jail.

He has not been charged with any crime as is normal in Spain, where charges are only laid shortly before trial. He has been made an investigado – a legal term under Spanish law which means “under investigation”.

A court source said the man had been arrested “as the suspected author of the death of another man last Friday morning in Benidorm”.

Police revealed ahead of the court hearing they had arrested a 33-year-old Brit on suspicion of killing Jim, who was on a stag do in the Costa Blanca resort. Sources close to the case said the suspect is also from Scotland.

The arrest came as it emerged police had been handed CCTV footage of the incident which resulted in Jim’s death.

Spanish police said after the incident: “There had been a fight moments earlier, apparently between British nationals who were on holiday like the dead man, who was also a tourist.”

A well-placed source, speaking before the post-mortem took place, added: “We have to be cautious as the cause of death is not known. The autopsy will hopefully establish why this man died and whether it was the result of a blow or a heart attack or something else.”

There has been no official comment about the post-mortem.

Tributes were paid to Jim, who would reportedly have been the best man at his friend’s wedding.

A pal said: “He was so excited to be going away for stag do. Devastated for all the family.”


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