3 Jul, 2023 @ 15:00
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Man arrested in Madrid after killing female friend with a chokehold

National Police

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in the Madrid city of Alcala de Henares after allegedly killing a 53-year-old female friend using a chokehold. The suspect alerted the authorities to the incident himself and said that he had strangled her after they had an argument. 

Investigators are trying to determine the relationship between the two, according to news agency EFE. There were no prior police reports for abuse nor did either the victim or the alleged assailant have criminal records. 

When police arrived at the home of the victim, where the attack took place, officers found the woman with clear signs of strangulation. Despite efforts to revive her, an ambulance crew could only certify her death. 

The suspect told the officers that he had used a chokehold on the victim, a technique known as the mataleon (lion-killer) in Spanish and which uses the arm to squeeze the sides of the neck, thus cutting off the flow of blood to the brain and causing temporary unconsciousness.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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