An Edinburgh native known only as EB remains in custody in the Canary Islands, where Spanish police suspect he murdered 44-year old Karl Heinz Thonningen on Saturday. Thonningen and his lover traveled to the idyllic resort spot for a little holiday. While his lover remained in their hotel, Thonningen took a stroll on the beach. Around 5am another traveler found his dead body, which had been stabbed through the heart. Police speculate EB, who arrived at the hospital after a botched pill-driven suicide attempt, met Thonningen on the beach, attempted to pick him up and then flew into a murderous rage when Thonningen rejected his advances.
Barrie Mahoney, who edits the Islands’ English speaking paper, told The Scotsman,
It’s all very sketchy but I think [EB] is due to be charged later today. From what I’ve read in the locals we understand he [EB] was over here with his partner in one of the hotels.
In the two years I’ve been editor here this is the first case of this kind I can recall. It’s a harmonious place so something like this really does shake a community.
We bet EB’s lover’s pissed. Not as pissed as Thonningen’s lover, of course, who remains at the hotel but remains too grief stricken to release a statement.