A BRITISH tourist has been arrested on suspicion of raping a female friend of his son’s at a hotel in Magaluf.
The man was held at the airport as he tried to flee after the woman told detectives she was raped after he crept into her room in the middle of the night.
The older man is said to have surprised the woman – who is also believed to be British -after she fell asleep in her friend’s room, which had an internal door leading into his dad’s room.
The holidaymaker was held at Palma Airport in Majorca after allegedly packing his bags and trying to leave the island in a hurry hours later.
The alleged rape victim, who is understood to be aged around 20, fled the unnamed hotel and raised the alarm at a Civil Guard office near to the Punta Ballena party strip in Magaluf according to local reports.
Majorcan daily Ultima Hora said officers took a statement from her before going to the hotel and finding the man they were looking for had already checked out of the hotel.
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He was arrested at his flight boarding gate, having allegedly brought his holiday to a premature end by rescheduling his return days before he was originally due to leave by buying a new ticket home.
An investigating magistrate ordered his remand in jail after he was hauled to court for questioning during a closed session in which the alleged victim gave her version of events.
Spain’s Civil Guard force have not yet made any comment about the incident and subsequent arrest, said to have happened on Tuesday.
Court officials could not be reached early this morning.
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The man in custody, believed to be aged around 45, has not been named.
He has not yet been officially charged with any crime, as is normal in Spain where formal charges are only laid shortly before trial.
In March police arrested two men accused of robbing and sexually assaulting a British tourist in Magaluf.
The pair are said to have ripped the 25-year-old woman’s dress and underwear and stolen her designer watch and jewellery before fleeing the scene as police arrived.
One police officer was injured when the suspects, two Colombians aged 19 and 24, resisted arrest.
The incident happened in the early hours of March 3 near to a bank in a street in Magaluf a short walk from the famous Punta Ballena party strip.
The watch the British woman had on is said to have been worth nearly £2,000.
Last weekend five police officers were injured and 10 people were arrested in a mass early-hours brawl in Magaluf involving around 50 revellers.
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Yobs were filmed trading blows and throwing missiles at each other as well as police.
Portuguese football hooligans were later described by detectives as the “main group that started the brawl”, which led to a Moroccan youngster being knocked unconscious by a Romanian man.
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