British woman in critical condition after falling from sixth-floor hotel balcony in Benidorm

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The woman’s husband was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has since been released from custody by a judge.

A British woman is in critical condition in hospital after falling from the sixth-floor of a hotel balcony in Benidorm, Spain. Her husband, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, has since been released from custody by a judge.

The incident took place at around midnight on Saturday (April 8) at Rio Park, a four-star hotel that is a part of the Medplaya chain. The 36-year-old woman is currently being treated at a nearby hospital in Villajoyosa, where her condition has been described as “critical”.

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Sources close to the police investigation were unable to confirm whether the situation was being treated as an accident, attempted suicide or something crime-related.

The unnamed 40-year-old British husband was freed after appearing before a judge in a closed court hearing in Benidorm. He was released without any protective measures such as a ban on leaving the country, suggesting authorities are not treating him as a suspect.

A spokesperson for Spain’s National Police issued a statement earlier on in the case, which read: “Officers have arrested a British man on suspicion of attempted homicide after his wife, who is also British, plunged from the sixth-floor balcony of their hotel in Benidorm. The arrest is a preventative measure and it will be up to a judge to decide what happens next after the man appears before him in the next day or so.

"The couple were sharing the same room and we are talking about a foreigner who has no ties to Spain so we are under an obligation to make the arrest as we try to determine what happened."

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