Update 12 December: Keith Burke has been sentenced to 15 years 3 months imprisonment, 3 years of which have already been served whilst in custody. In addition he has been ordered to pay €200,000 compensation to the family of his victim, Abraham Báez Rodríguez. Sarah Stuart was sentenced to 9 months, but will not return to prison firstly because the sentence is less than 2 years, and because she was held in custody for 10 months at the time of the incident. She was also ordered to pay €600 compensation to the victim of the injuries she was found guilty of inflicting.
Update 30 November: Keith Burke has been found guilty of murder. The verdict was passed by the jury and it will now be the magistrate who declares the sentence, expected to be between 15 and 17 years imprisonment. Sara Stuart has been found to have caused injuries, for which she is unlikely to receive a custodial sentence providing that she meets whatever indemnity conditions are imposed. Keith Burke’s lawyer said immediately that an appeal would be lodged.
Update 26 November 2012: The trial of this couple starts today. As often with murder hearings, it is a jury trial, and is expected to last the week.
Update 4 May 2010: The Irish couple has now been named as Keith Burke and Sara Stuart. Both have been “imputed” for murder, which means that they have been notified that they are formal suspects in the ongoing criminal investigation. Sara Stuart has also been imputed for wounding, which could suggest that she is considered responsible for stab wounds which were apparently found on the victim’s body during the autopsy. They have been remanded in custody without bail. C24H
Update 2 May: Police have said that a knife was used in the attack on this young man, with the autopsy revealing stab wounds. There is some confusion over the Irish couple, with some papers saying two men were arrested, and others that it was a man and a woman. DA
Update 1 May: The hotel was the Tropical Playa, in Calle Bolivia, not too far from the Caribe and the police station in Playa de las Americas. The 25 year old victim, now named as Abraham Báez, was from Poris, in the municipality of Arico. He was enjoying a weekend on land after a prolonged period at sea with the shipping company for whom he worked. Police say that the savage beating and kicking he received was so brutal it cost him his life.
The pair arrested by National Police are a 19-year-old Irishman and a 21-year-old Irish woman, both from Dublin. The consulate has been informed of their detention, which can be extended for up to 72 hours. Both had fled the scene initially, but the young girl with Abraham called emergency services. Clearly it was too late to help him, but the police were able to pick up his supposed aggressors. Abraham’s body has been taken to the Forensic Institute, and his funeral is expected to take place within the next few days. La Opinion
Original Post 30 April: The body of a 25-year-old Arico man was found around 6am this morning in the doorway of a hotel in the municipality of Arona. The young man is believed to have died from head injuries which may have been received in a fight. Policía Nacional from Playa de Las Américas have arrested two individuals who are thought to be connected with the death. They are apparently Irish and of 19 and 21 years of age. The investigation remains open while police continue gathering evidence. C24H, La Opinion, DA