Tenerife murder: German father suspected of killing wife and son faces judge

A German man suspected of killing his wife and son in a cave in Tenerife which his other seven-year-old reportedly managed to escape was being questioned by a judge on Friday, police said.

Tenerife murder: German father suspected of killing wife and son faces judge
Police cars in Tenerife during the search for the missing mother and her son. Photo: Andres Gutierrez/El Día/DPA

The grisly murder in the holiday island has made headlines after a couple found the boy wandering on the mountain earlier this week, bringing him to police whom he reportedly told his father had assaulted his mother and brother.

His 43-year-old father was detained on Tuesday evening in Adeje in the southwest of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.

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Police launched a major search and on Wednesday found the bodies of the 39-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son “in a mountainous area, inside a cave, between two ravines,” police said.

The suspect was “taken to an investigating magistrate” at a court in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for questioning, a police spokesman told AFP.

The central government's representative in the Canary Islands, Juan Salvador Leon, told reporters he was “sure that it was premeditated, that he had planned to trick his sons and wife.”

'Hidden Easter presents in a cave'

A Dutch woman in the area who helped translate between the seven-year-old and investigators, told reporters the family had “gone up via a path” as if they were going on a walk.

“It appears they had a picnic and that the father then said he had hidden Easter presents in a cave and he took them there, tricking them,” said the woman, identified as Annelies by Spanish media.

She says the boy said he saw his father beat his mother and then attack his brother.

“The kid doesn't know that his mother is dead” but believes she is “just seriously injured,” she told reporters.

He “was really intelligent, he threw a stone at his father and ran away, the father wasn't able to catch up with him.”

According to Spanish media, which cites sources close to the probe, the mother and children were visiting the father who lived in the Canary Islands.

The parents were separated, media said.

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German experts see Russian link in deadly hospital cyber attack

German authorities probing a cyber attack on a hospital's IT system that led to a fatal delay in treatment for a critically ill woman believe the software used can be traced back to Russian hackers.

German experts see Russian link in deadly hospital cyber attack
Archive photo shows Düsseldorf University Hospital. Photo: DPA

In an update to lawmakers published on Tuesday, prosecutors wrote that hackers used malware known as “Doppelpaymer” to disable computers at Düsseldorf University Hospital on September 10th, aiming to encrypt data and then demand payment to unlock it again.

The same ransomware has been used in cyber attacks around the world carried out “by a group of hackers that, according to private security firms, is based in Russia”, the report said.

The attack saw the hospital's computer system become disconnected from the ambulance network.

A severely ill woman was therefore admitted to a hospital further away in Wuppertal and died shortly afterwards.

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The longer distance that the ambulance had to travel led to an hour's delay before medical staff were able to treat her.

Cologne prosecutors last week opened an investigation into involuntary manslaughter against unknown suspects over the woman's death.

If charges are brought, it would be a rare case of a hacking with deadly consequences.

Investigators suspect that the hackers had not meant to hit the hospital, with the actual target thought to have been the affiliated Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.

Local police were able to contact the hackers during the attack to tell them patients' lives were at risk, prompting the hackers to hand over a decryption key before breaking off communication.

Germany has seen several hacker attacks on research and higher education institutions in recent months, including the University of Giessen, the University of Cologne and the Ruhr University Bochum.

The German government has in recent years blamed Russia for several high-profile attempts by hackers to spy on lawmakers or leading politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.