A BRITISH father was arrested in Denia on Sunday on suspicion of trying to kill his son.
The police found the 70-year-old man covered in blood and holding a hammer in his hand after neighbours alerted them to the attack.
It was claimed he had repeatedly hit his 20-year-old son over the head with the hammer while he slept.
The man’s wife was also rushed to hospital after she was injured trying to prevent the attack.
Detectives followed a trail of blood when they arrived at the property at around 10.00am on Sunday morning and found the victim lying semi-conscious in bed.
The son and mother’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and investigators are probing the possibility the suspect suffered a psychotic episode.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police told the press: ‘We have arrested a British man aged 70 who smashed his 20-year-old son in the head with a hammer while he slept.’
‘His partner, the mother of the young man, was also injured whilst trying to prevent her husband from assaulting his victim.’
‘Neighbours spotted the detainee shaking his wife at the door to their home and called the emergency services.’
The spokesman added: ‘When police arrived they found the attacker covered in blood with the hammer still in his hand.’
‘They acted quickly and decisively, managing to seize the weapon and arrest him.’
‘There was a trail of blood which led inside the property, where officers found the young man aged 20 with a serious head injury.’
It is unclear as to whether the family live permanently in Denia or whether they were staying at a holiday home for the Easter period, although the suspect is said to have spoken no Spanish.