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DOUBLE DEATHS SHOCK: Irishman's gay lover arrested after stabbing.

Byline: OWEN CONLON

AN IRISHMAN has been stabbed to death - allegedly by his drug-crazed gay lover in Spain, it was revealed yesterday.

Spanish police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the 55-year-old man's horrific death.

The man was detained on Friday after the body of the victim was found in a house in Alicante with at least 18 stab wounds - most of them in the back.

Police were called to a housing estate in the town of Elche in Alicante at around 11.15am on Friday after residents reported hearing cries for help.

When they arrived, they are said to have found the 21-year-old attempting to leave the house.

They searched the house and discovered the victim's body lying on the bathroom floor.

The 21-year-old was immediately arrested. Police later found a large knife they believe to be the murder weapon.

The arrested man was taken to police headquarters in Elche for further questioning. Authorities say that both men appear to have been in a gay relationship.

Police sources also claimed that the alleged killer was under the influence of drugs, which, they said, explained the frenzied nature of the attack.

The head of the local residents' community said they were in shock, adding: "It looks like it was a crime of passion."

Elche is one of the biggest cities on the Costa Blanca in Spain and is popular with Irish ex-pats retiring to the sun.

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Sun-drenched Alicante in Spain's Costa Blanca where many Irish ex-pats live
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Date:Dec 19, 2004
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