Holiday horror as British tourist falls from sixth-floor hotel room

A British holidaymaker has been arrested after his wife plunged from the sixth floor of a Benidorm hotel.

The 36-year-old female holidaymaker, who is also British, is said to be critical in hospital.

Police have confirmed her 40-year-old husband has been held on suspicion of attempted homicide but have described the arrest at this stage as a “preventative measure” while they continue to probe the circumstances.

The incident now under investigation happened just after midnight.

The hotel has been named as the Medplaya Hotel Rio Park.

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, who like her partner has not been named, was taken 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 hotel where the incident happened is set in a quiet area of Benidorm just five minutes walk from the Costa Blanca resort’s famous Levante Beach.

Hotel chain Med Playa says of the Rio Park Hotel on its website: “The recently refurbished Hotel Rio Park is located in the centre of the popular holiday resort of Benidorm, just minutes from the sandy beach and main promenade.  

“The hotel has fully equipped double rooms, family rooms and quadruple rooms which have been decorated in a modern, contemporary style, with your comfort in mind.

“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.

Scots 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. 

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