Man arrested at border over killing of fellow Brit, 22, in Spanish house party fight
Police have arrested a suspect in the killing of a British man stabbed in the neck at a Costa Blanca holiday resort.
Ben Nesbitt, 22, from Southport, Merseyside, suffered fatal knife wounds during the early hours of last Thursday morning in Ciudad Quesada in the province of Alicante.
The dead man had been partying before he got into a fight which culminated in the murder.
This morning the Spanish Civil confirmed a 38-year-old British national had been arrested more than 400 miles from the murder scene.
He was held in Girona near Spain’s north-east border with France as he tried to leave the country. He has not been named.
A spokesman for the force in Alicante confirmed: “The Civil Guard in Alicante has arrested the man believed to be responsible for a murder that occurred on October 1 in Ciudad Quesada in the municipality of Rojales.
“He is a 38-year-old British man.
“Witnesses alerted the emergency services after seeing the victim fall to the ground as he bled to death.
“The alarm was raised around 2.30am on October 1. The victim collapsed on the ground as locals phoned for an ambulance.
“Police and other emergency responders raced to the scene but could do nothing to save his life.
“The investigation carried out by police has concluded the two people involved in the fight were with two others inside a property in Rojales.
“An argument broke out between them and the suspected killer allegedly knifed the victim in the neck, causing him haemorrhaging which led to his death.
“He subsequently fled in a vehicle with the intention of leaving the country.”
The suspect has been remanded in prison after appearing before a duty judge.
Friends paid tribute to Ben after his death.
One said on social media: “Remembering nothing but the best funny memories of you.
“Gone way, way before your time.
Was such a funny little character, our space raider. Fly high brother.’
Another said: ‘I’m absolutely devastated because I know how much of a lovely boy you actually were.”
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