A British man was arrested in Spain on suspicion of murder for allegedly killing a man because he believed the man was filming his young daughter.
The man, as it turns out, was an alleged child pornographer.
The Guardian reports police detained the 40-year-old man after a Feb. 7 altercation in a restaurant in the upscale resort community of Sotogrande.
The Telegraph named the man as Devinder Kainth and reported that witnesses said he delivered a single blow to the head of 43-year-old Sandro Rottman, a German man, after a brief discussion concerning images on Rottman’s iPad. Paramedics were called to the restaurant and Rottman was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
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“We believe he died as a result of the single punch he received but this is yet to be confirmed by the post-mortem results,” an unnamed source with local authorities told The Telegraph.
“The discussion apparently began because of alleged recordings that the victim was making of the aggressor’s daughter,” a civil guard spokeswoman told The Guardian. “When he (the aggressor) saw what was happening he took the tablet off him, saw the recordings, threw the device to the ground and attacked him.”
The owner of the restaurant, who asked not to be named, said he was shocked by the attack.
“It all seemed very innocent to me. The British man was with his family. He seemed to get very upset all of a sudden and punched the other man before anyone could stop him,” the owner said. “He'd already paid for his dinner and left immediately. The German man is very normal. I knew nothing about him being arrested last month.”
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That arrest came about because police suspected Rottman of possessing child pornography, the source for The Guardian said.
“The victim had been arrested by the civil guard a few days ago for possession of child pornography,” she said.
“The victim was eating alone and the British man was with his partner and one or two daughters,” a police source told The Telegraph. “We don't believe he had any idea about the German man's arrest for possession of child pornography.”
The British Foreign Office issued a statement saying it was investigating reports a British national had been arrested and would provide “consular assistance” if requested.