Update 5 March: Police have picked up the second assailant, according to reports on CanariasRadio this morning. Meanwhile, the elderly couple’s lawyer says that police were originally called by the wife’s sister who, unknown to the thieves, was also in the property, and was a witness to the beating her sister received. Despite reporting restrictions, Diario de Avisos has today reported that the dead burglar was an ex-employee of the elderly man, and had once lost a legal action against his business. A grudge motive – with an hypothesis that it was more than a simple domestic robbery – therefore seems likely to form part of the man’s defence in the investigation of the murder imputation.
Update 3 March: The Güímar court has imputed the elderly man who shot a burglar for murder, and for having an unlicensed weapon. He is not allowed to leave Spain, and his passport has been removed. It seems that the thief was actually shot in the property itself, when the householder went to the bedroom, ostensibly to get more money for the robbers, but returned with the gun. As he shot one of the thieves, the other fled. Although he has been imputed, he has not been remanded in custody, and is at liberty until his case his heard. Beyond these facts, the court imposed reporting restrictions, so little will now be heard until the case comes to trial.
Original post 2 March: The Guardia Civil has arrested an 80-year-old man on suspicion of shooting dead a thief who had just burgled his finca at Arafo. Two men had broken into the property around 10pm last night, both wearing balaclavas, and having bound and gagged the elderly couple who were at home, were making their getaway when, it seems, the husband managed to free himself and gave chase. One burglar got away, but the other was shot within 20m or so of the house and died at the scene. Police are taking a statement from the elderly householder, who, they say, does not have a firearms licence. Neither burglar has yet been identified, and the escapee remains at large.