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Ex-pat in a coma after violent raid; BURGLARY.

A BRITISH man is in a coma in Spain after being attacked by a burglar who set his apartment alight as he fled.

The skinhead suspect hit ex-pat Charles Stabler, 65, around the head after he followed him home from a pub and forced his way in.

Neighbours called emergency services after seeing smoke coming from the house and firefighters found him unconscious in the Costa del Sol resort of Benalmadena.

Police said: "The flat had been ransacked and the blaze started in two places. Neighbours saw the suspect leaping a fence after hearing noises." Officers have spoken to his daughter, who was away on holiday. He is being treated in Malaga's Carlos Haya hospital. A spokesman said his condition was "serious".
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2009
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