AN expat has murdered his wife, age 57, and then turned the blade on himself in a suicide attempt on Spain’s Costa Blanca.

The horrific attack happened in Calpe just before 1.30am on Monday morning.

The woman’s lifeless body was found by her daughter, according to Guardia Civil.

The woman, who had married her 61-year-old killer just four years ago, was discovered on the floor with a fatal wound to the thorax.

The man was bleeding out from at four knife wounds, reportedly self-inflicted.

SCENE: The couple hailed from Belgium

The couple, of Belgian nationality, are understood to have been registered in Calpe for four months.

The brutal attack has been declared a crime of ‘gender violence’, according to the Valencian Community’s Delegation for Gender Violence.

It has been recorded as death number 1,009 since numbers of women killed by their partners or ex-partners began to be noted in 2003.

A minute of silence was held at 12.00pm today in Calpe.

The mayor said: “Nothing justifies this crime. We absolutely condemn this tragedy which has tarnished the tranquil summer we were enjoying in this municipality.

“We hope that incidents like this are never repeated in Calpe – nor anywhere else.”

Guardia Civil confirmed that in the last two years the pair have lived in Calpe – despite only registering themselves in March – there have been no denouncements made.

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