26 Jun, 2012 @ 12:02
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British twin arrested for murdering brother in Spain

By Wendy Williams

A BRITISH teenager has been arrested for killing his twin brother over a ‘stupid’ argument.

Ryan Goodman, 19, has confessed to killing his brother Michael Goodman in Spain over some money stolen from their mother’s purse.

The body of 17-year-old Michael Goodman was discovered on April 21 this year just 10 meters from his front door.

The discovery was made by a local man hunting for asparagus 14 months after Goodman disappeared from his home in Vallada, near Valencia.

While he disappeared in February 2011, his mother only reported it to police in May that year.

According to neighbours she believed he might have returned to England and was ‘prone’ to disappear for periods of time.

His twin has now confessed to the killing, but insists it was an ‘accident’.

He told the police they had been arguing about ‘something stupid’ after their mother had shouted at them for taking money from her purse without permission.

After she left, a fight broke out between the brothers with them each blaming the other.

During the argument Ryan pushed his brother who hit his head on a door-knob.

Seeing his brother had no pulse, Ryan reportedly told police he was ‘very scared’ and decided to hide the body.

He is alleged to have then dragged the body just outside the garden and left him in undergrowth next to a footpath, just meters from the house.

The Goodmans still live in the country house between the villages of Moixent and Vallada.

According to neighbours they have lived there for a couple of years with their mother, grandmother and a younger brother and sister. They were all attending school in Vallada.

A resident of Moixent who was collecting wild asparagus in the Sierra de l’Ombria found the bones in April this year.

While the body had completely biodegraded a DNA sample given by the mother last year confirmed it was the body of Ryan.

The case has now been forwarded to the youth court in Xativa as Ryan was a minor at the time of the incident.

He will spend the next six months in a juvenile detention centre.

Wendy Williams

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  1. Thanks, Fred! I thought it was an odd use of “to hunt”. Never seen that used for aparagus before, although I’ve heard that aspargus is big game in some parts of the world! :)

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