Son held after man, 60, dies in Costa del Sol hit-and-run
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Son held after man, 60, dies in Costa del Sol hit-and-run

A MAN WAS held by police in the Costa del Sol after his 60 year old father was killed following a hit-and-run. 

Paul Murphy, 60, died after being struck by a Range Rover outside a Costa del Sol estate in the early hours of Tuesday morning around 1am, January 23.

He was pronounced dead at the scene near the upmarket residential estate of La Alzambra which is popular with holidaymakers.

Mr Murphy's 30-year-old son - who has not been named - and his Spanish girlfriend, 20, and another man were held in connection with the incident by Spanish police, according to The Sun.

They were later bailed, but cannot leave Spain while the investigation continues according to the paper.

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Police also seized a Range Rover for forensic testing after the incident, and are investigating whether Mr Murphy was struck by mistake.

Spanish cops said the victim had a passport in one name and driving licence in another.

Mr Murphy, who is understood to be a British national - lived in a £2,000-a-month villa near Puerto Banus, where neighbours spoke of their shock of seeing the 'bloody stains' where he was found.

One neighbour said: “The woman he lived with was a lot younger than him. As far as I know he didn’t work.

"I assumed he was retired and had come to Spain to enjoy the sun.

“He drove a discreet car but he must had had quite a bit of money because houses round here rent for up to £2,000 a month long-term and upwards of £5,000 in high-season on short lets.

“I still can’t get the sight of the two large blood stains where he ended up on the tarmac out of my head.”

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A spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: “We are investigating the death of a British national who was run over near Puerto Banus and have arrested three people.''