17 Sep, 2018 @ 15:24
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EXCLUSIVE: Gay expat couple denounce Guardia Civil officer after alleged assault during routine traffic stop on Spain’s Costa del Sol

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COUPLE: Mario and (right) Andrew
COUPLE: Mario and (right) Andrew

A GAY expat couple have denounced a Malaga Guardia Civil officer after he allegedly assaulted them.

Londoner Andrew Jones, 36, and Argentinian partner Mario Alejandro Dieni, 39, claim they were ‘pushed’, ‘grabbed’ and ‘screamed at’ and have no idea why.

The couple have called in the British Embassy and filed an official denuncia over the incident, which occurred around 1am on September 7 on the Torrox coastal road.

Jones, who has severe bipolar disorder said he has been ‘really shaken up’ with ‘severe anxiety’.

“He was immediately aggressive. We are gay and he saw us both in the car together, perhaps it was some form of discrimination. I don’t know why he did it,” added Jones.

The British expat, who works part time in advertising and marketing, said stressful situations can bring on a psychotic outbreak, for which he has been sectioned before.

SHOOK UP: Andrew suffers from Bipolar

His partner also has a benign brain tumour which is affected by stress.

It comes after Jones was driving home having picked up his partner from work at a hotel in Nerja, when they were stopped by Guardia Civil officers for a ‘routine check’.

“He immediately started speaking very aggressively to my partner and said ‘shut up and get out of the car’ in Spanish,” said Jones.

He claims his partner asked the officer to speak to them with respect before they got out.

“The officer started screaming. He came so close his nose almost touched mine and he pointed a finger in my face.

“I said to him ‘I have a mental illness, treat me with respect’ and that was when he went absolutely berserk.

“He pushed me so hard that the officer behind had to catch me otherwise I would’ve fallen to the ground,” added Jones.

The alleged assault happened in Torrox

The expat alleged that the officer then ‘grabbed’ his partner and ‘tossed him to one side’, after Dieni attempted to call his lawyer.

He claims the officer called in around another nine officers to the scene for back up, before they were forced to intervene and removed him asking him to sit in the car.

Jones said another officer gave his colleague’s badge details, which couple used to denounce the officer the following day at Malaga Policia Nacional station.

The expat added: “This has really shaken me up and my nerves are shot.”

A British Embassy spokesperson told the Olive Press: “We are assisting a British man in relation to an incident that occurred in Torrox, Andalucia on 6 September.”

A Guardia Civil spokesperson confirmed the incident was ‘being investigated’.

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