Mystery over Danish tourist death in Spain

The husband of a Danish woman has been arrested after she was found dead with bruises and wounds in a hotel room in southern Spain.

Mystery over Danish tourist death in Spain
The body of a Danish tourist was found in the Spanish holiday resort of Torre del Mar. Photo: Tyk/Wikimedia

Spanish police are investigating the death of a Danish tourist, who was found dead with signs of violence in a popular tourist spot on the Malaga coast.

The woman’s husband, also a Danish national, raised the alarm at the reception of the four-star BQ Andalucía Beach Hotel, in Torre del Mar, on Sunday morning.

He went to reception at 9am and told staff his wife was having trouble breathing, hotel director, Andrés Guerrero confirmed to local newspaper, Malaga Hoy.

When hotel staff went up to the fifth floor room with the 50-year-old Danish man, they discovered his wife´s dead body lying on the bed and immediately called police and an ambulance.

Sources close to the investigation confirm that the woman had bruises and wounds and that there was blood on the bed sheets. The body appeared to have been dead for some time and the room was disorganized and messy.

The woman’s husband appeared disorientated and nervous, including exhibiting signs of drunkenness, the same source confirmed.

The husband was arrested and is due to appear before a judge on Monday or Tuesday; police are investigating whether the death was murder.

The woman was found in a hotel in Torre del Mar on Spain's southern coast. 

The woman’s body was taken to Malaga’s Institute of Forensic Anatomy where an autopsy will be carried out on Monday to clarify the cause of death.

The couple checked into the hotel on Saturday without having made a reservation. They were accompanied by a third person who took a separate room and all three were due to check out on Sunday.

The Danish foreign ministry has confirmed the reports to the Danish press. 

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Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

Almost all of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running with the help of a backup system, the company said on Thursday. 

Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

In an email to news wire Ritzau, 7-eleven said that over 96 percent of its convenience stores across Denmark were now in “stable operation”. That corresponds to around 169 stores.

“We have technicians at the remaining stores who are working hard to get them up and running as soon as possible,” the company said in the email.

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) were only accepting Dankort (debit card) payments as of Wednesday evening.

All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay (app) and cash payments, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

“We expect that all stores outside of train stations can accept all Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort during the course of tomorrow morning, and all stores at train stations [will be able to] during the course of the week,” the company wrote late on Wednesday.

The convenience store chain was on Monday hit by a cyber attack that forced all of its 176 stores in Denmark to close.

7-Eleven has confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

The attack has been reported to police.

The company’s CEO, Jesper Østergaard, told Ritzau he did not know the extent of losses suffered by 7-Eleven as a result of the incident.