A 70-year-old British man has been arrested on the northern Costa Blanca last week for trying to kill his son with a hammer when he was asleep in bed.
His wife was also injured as she tried to prevent the attack at their home in the Denia area, which took place on Easter Day. The man appeared before judge and was refused bail, with police sources suggesting that he might have suffered a “psychotic episode”.
The National Police said that neighbours averted a tragedy by calling the authorites after seeing the pensioner struggling with his partner at the entrance to their home.
Officers seized the hammer from the man after rushing to the detached property and finding him covered in blood with the weapon still in his hand.
The couple are said to have lived in Alicante Province and there were no previous reports of violence between them. The names of those involved in the incident have not been released.