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Slain Swedish girl's attacker stays in custody

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07:01 CEST+02:00
The 30-year-old North African male who is under suspicion for murdering a Swedish girl in Fuengirola, Spain, will stay in custody after the friend of the dead Swedish girl was heard by the court on Monday.

“She will be heard several times as she is a key witness. But now she is together with her family,” said Cecilia Julin of the foreign ministry information department to news agency TT.

The friend, who was injured in the attack but managed to escape, and her family as well as several relatives of the slain girl were present in the courtroom.

The friend has been receiving medical treatment for cuts to the hands and throat but was able to leave the hospital during the weekend.

She was then taken to the local police station, according to Spanish authorities.

“The doctor told her that she had been very lucky because she had an injury to her neck that could have been fatal,” a source close to the investigation told local newspaper El Pais.

Th girl is now reportedly being taken care of by family, with the backing of Swedish officials in Spain.

“It is our job to help the afflicted and our consul in Malaga is there to support the girl,” Julin told TT.

The court proceedings continued for over six hours on Monday and were well covered by local and foreign press.

In the afternoon, the court decided that the 30-year-old man who is under suspicion for the deed would stay remanded in custody, according to a report in local paper Diario Sur's internet edition.

Spanish police have a strong case against the man, with footage and film taken from security cameras inside the hostel showing him lurking around the hostel at night, feeling doors to see if they were locked, according to local press.

The man broke into the Swedish girls' room early Saturday morning, allegedly with the intent to rape them.

When they fought back he went at them with a kitchen knife. One of the women managed to escape and the man was later overcome and held by a receptionist and a student at the police academy who was staying at the hotel.

The young women, both 18-years-old, were on vacation, celebrating their recent graduation.

They had arrived in the resort area of Malaga three days ago and were staying at the hostel, located in the heart of town, reported Spanish paper El Pais.

According to the owner of the hotel, the man who was also staying at the hostel ha had arrived earlier on Friday and had met the girls at a night club in town that night.

The girls had reportedly returned to the hotel at 2:30am and the murder took place between 3:30 and 3:50am, according to local sources.

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