Spanish brothers confess to murdering Dutchman four years ago

Two Spanish brothers have confessed to the murder of a Dutchman in a northern Spanish village four years ago, broadcaster Nos says on Tuesday.

The brothers lived in the same tiny village as Dutch national Martin Verfondern, who disappeared in 2010. Verfondern had lived in the village since 1990 with his wife but became embroiled in a string of disputes with the brothers – the only other family in the neighbourhood, Nos says.

The Dutchman is said to have accused the Spanish family of ‘country terrorism’ and hung security cameras around his property.

He disappeared four years ago but last June his car was discovered by a helicopter pilot in a mountainous area. The number plates had been removed and the car set on fire. Several days later, Verfondern’s body was discovered.

Nos says the investigation into the role of the brothers, one of whom is mentally disabled, is continuing. A gun was found during a search of their home.

More on this from El Pais (in English)

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