Spanish Police Arrest 2nd Brit Hitman For Mijas Murder
This is the moment Spanish police arrest a British suspect in the gangland murder of Salford businessman Peter Andrew Williamson on the Costa del Sol last year.
The footage of the arrest, made in the Murcia region in southeastern Spain, has now been released by the Spanish Civil Guard and another arrest was made in the case in the United Kingdom.
In the footage, officers can be seen in the flat where they arrested the British man and they find large, vacuum-packed bags of marijuana.
The officers can then be seen leading the handcuffed suspect, who has tattoos on his arms, into a police car.
In a statement received by Newsflash, the Spanish Civil Guard confirmed that the arresting officer found 20 kilogrammes of cannabis during the arrest and the statement said the house was being “used to prepare shipments of marijuana”.
The Civil Guard said that the “hitmen” had travelled from the UK to Barcelona before the crime and then rented a car to drive down to Mijas, on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain’s Malaga province.
They then followed the victim before “choosing the right moment to shoot him”.
Williamson was reportedly shot as he parked his car outside his house and the Civil Guard said “the careful choice of the time and place to commit the murder shows the criminal experience, cold blood and danger of the two men arrested”.
The suspect who has been arrested in Spain had reportedly spent five months travelling around different countries in Europe and South America before returning to Spain after the country’s state of alarm for coronavirus had been decreed.
Spanish investigators said a “rivalry between two organisations dedicated to trafficking drugs” was the main motive behind the murder.
They said that both suspects belonged to “an important criminal organisation” in the UK which works in the “acquisition, transport and distribution of marijuana”.
Williamson, 39 was shot outside his luxury villa in Mijas in November last year and reportedly died instantly in the shooting. The Spanish authorities say he had a criminal record for “numerous crimes” committed in the UK.
The Spanish Civil Guard report the suspect arrested in the UK has been sent to prison for previous crimes whilst a European Arrest Warrant has been applied for to allow him to be tried in Spain for the murder of Williamson.
The operation in Spain was carried out with the help of the Greater Manchester Police.
The case is ongoing.