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Woman who killed her daughters rapist is set free.

María del Carmen García, the Benejúzar woman who set her daughter’s rapist on fire, was finally let out of prison on Monday, but at this stage only on day release. She is still required to return to Fontcalent prison in Alicante to sleep.

Antonio Cosme, the man who attacked García’s 13-year old daughter, was himself sentenced to nine years in prison for the rape but in 2005, while he was out on parole, the rapist returned to Benejúzar, where he bumped into García. “How’s your daughter?” he asked.

Her response was dramatic. She bought some petrol, walked into a bar, poured it over the convicted rapist and set him on fire. Cosme died a week later as a result of his burns.

Garcia has always insisted that she is not a murderer and at the time of the trial many people signed petitions requesting clemency. Her original sentence of nine and a half years was subsequently reduced to just five and a half due to partially diminished responsibility

As she was collected from the prison by her family Garcia said “In all these years, I’ve never lost my temper. I knew that this day was going to come”.

In all she has now spent three and a half years in prison of the five and a half to which she was sentenced. Having spent a year in prison whilst awaiting trial she will eventually complete her sentence in August next year.

Maria is now 65 years of age. Following her release she said that the thing that gave her strength during all these years was knowing that one day she would return into the arms of her children and her grandchildren.

But although she will now enjoy a regime of semi freedom her release was blemished by the knowledge that, whilst in prison, her husband had been diagnosed with cancer of the larynx, “but at least I will now be able to help him as he seeks to recover,” she said.



In less than a month, EU leaders meeting in Brussels will have to decide whether ‘sufficient progress’ has been made in phase 1 of the Brexit talks (the divorce issues) for phase 2 negotiations to get underway. If so, they will also have to agree new negotiating guidelines for Michel Barnier on the future relationship, and on the transition.

This stage was meant to have been reached in October, and any further delay to the negotiating timetable will shorten the odds on a complete breakdown in the talks. No wonder stress levels around the December summit are rising. But even assuming that the two sides manage to navigate the immediate crisis, worse will follow hard on its heels.

The immediate problem is largely about money. On the other two divorce issues, citizens’ rights and the Irish border, ‘sufficient progress’ will probably be declared come December (even if, on Ireland, this is more a recognition that the problem cannot be disentangled from the terms of the future relationship). But on money, the two sides remain at loggerheads.

Theresa May’s Florence speech looked hopeful, with its promise of two more years’ contributions to the EU budget, and affirmation that “The UK will honour commitments we have made during the period of our membership.” But the expected follow-up, with the UK specifying what it understands those commitments to be, has not happened – raising suspicions in Europe that Britain aims either to wriggle out of what it owes, or to tie a financial settlement to trade concessions later in the talks.

Money is the UK’s main bargaining asset (for all the Brexiteers’ bravura, the EU holds all the other cards in these negotiations), so the EU cannot reasonably expect the UK to give it up entirely before the talks have even got halfway. Moreover, the announcement of a definitive figure will inevitably trigger howls of betrayal from Brexiteers, and demands for talks to be broken off at once – unless Prime Minister May can present it as the price for an advantageous trade deal. Since the EU has no interest in the talks collapsing, they need to help May stay vague about the size of the bill for a while yet.

Actually, putting a definitive figure on the UK’s final bill will be quite difficult anyway. Britain’s share of, for example, loan guarantees for Ukraine could be anything between an eye-watering sum and nothing at all, depending on whether or not the loans go bad. Even clear liabilities, such as for the pensions of British EU officials, are hard to cost today, depending as they do on uncertain actuarial assumptions.

For this reason, given a modicum of trust and goodwill, a short-term fudge should have been easy to achieve, balancing the EU’s wish for precision against the UK’s desire for continuing vagueness. The lesson of the current impasse over money is just how fast trust and goodwill have drained out of these talks.

And there is worse just around the corner. Even if the money issue is finessed the EU’s phase 2 negotiating guidelines for Barnier will come as an unpleasant shock for the British side. The UK’s whole approach to the negotiations has been based on the assumption that the UK is simply too important to the EU to be treated like any other ‘third country’. It must make sense, Britain has consistently argued, for the UK to have a ‘deep and special’ future partnership with the EU – a bespoke deal, or deals, in economic, security and other fields.

But as the negotiating guidelines on the future economic relationship will make clear, that is not how the EU see it at all. They are just not interested in offering the UK special terms. If the Brits decide they want to stay in the single market, then they must join the European Economic Area (the ‘Norway model’). If not, then they can have a free trade deal (the ‘Canada model’). That’s it. And the EU’s position on the transition will be equally unpalatable. As far as they are concerned, the Brits can have a transition after they leave the EU and its institutions in March 2019, but only if everything else remains the same: budget contributions, free movement, European Court of Justice (ECJ) oversight, the works. Just like two more years in the EU – only without a voice or a vote.

So, even assuming we get through December, expect a new crisis in the UK at the turn of the year as all this sinks in. The UK government will of course seek to dismiss this as just the EU’s opening negotiating position. But it will be tough to maintain this insouciant confidence with any conviction given what the talks to date have already made clear: that the UK needs the EU much more than the reverse, and that EU ‘negotiating guidelines’ are less an opening bid than a blunt statement of how things are going to be.

So the odds on No Deal are shortening – an outcome which, despite the asymmetry of impact, would nonetheless damage both parties. How can it be avoided?

The main onus lies on the EU, if only because they are the dominant negotiating partner, and the British are simply in no condition to help themselves. There is a natural tendency in Brussels to think that the UK government has stoked the coming crisis by its own stupidity and/or cowardice in not preparing Parliament or the people for the reality of Brexit. But complete rigidity on the European side will only result in break-down of the talks – and likely May’s defenestration. As the best UK Prime Minister Europe could currently hope for, they must help her sugar-coat the very bitter pills the Brits are going to have to swallow with a few small wins.

Specifically, the EU should back off their unreasonable demands for extraterritorial jurisdiction of the ECJ even once the UK has left the EU and completed the transition, whether on EU citizens’ rights or on resolving disputes arising from the new treaties. The Brits will not settle for less than a new joint court, nor should they.

A way should also be found to allow the UK to (attempt to) set up new trade deals with third countries during the transition. And Brussels must stop pouring cold water on the British hope of achieving a trade relationship which is ‘deeper and more special’ than the recent EU deal with Canada. The EU argue that ‘most favoured nation’ provisions in their extant trade deals mean that, if they agreed something better with the UK, they would have to go back and offer the same benefits to other partners. But if that were inescapable, then the history of EU trade negotiations would have been an impossible process of constantly rewriting earlier trade deals to incorporate new features from the latest agreement.

May will need ‘victories’ on these and no doubt other points if she is to stand any chance of keeping the show on the road. For her part, she must stop feeding the domestic illusion that Britain, qua Great Power, is indispensable to the EU in the wider world. Our EU partners are well aware of the quality of our diplomacy and our armed forces. But they are equally aware that our attitude to initiatives like European defence has been consistently negative and obstructive, and few Europeans see the UK as such an indispensable partner that it must be found a privileged seat in the EU’s defence and foreign policy councils after Brexit.

Finally, both sides could help themselves with turning the spotlight towards those areas of the current relationship where mutual benefit is uncontested, and where there is a real need to put in place successor arrangements that prevent any hiatus. Research is one such area. Another is domestic security and counter-terrorism. Here, the proposal put forward by the UK for a specific treaty to provide a “comprehensive framework for future security, law enforcement and criminal justice cooperation” deserves to be taken up.

December’s crunch will be one of many junctures at which the Brexit talks could fail in the coming months, with Britain crashing out of the EU with no deal. Sensible politicians and officials on both sides of the Channel have little option but to believe that Theresa May understands how catastrophic this would be, and that she will remain in office long enough to outmanoeuvre the Brexiteer arsonists. Each side needs to contain its frustration, help the other where it can, and prioritise the aspects of negotiations where real win-win solutions are both possible and important.

Both sides should remember that, though divorces almost inevitably turn bitter, the best antidote is to try to keep at the forefront of the mind the interests of the children. Britain’s young people voted for Remain. They and their European contemporaries are going to need each other in the future.


People being burgled

Hi .just to inform people to be aware that there has been
3 properties burgled on El. Oasis in the last couple of weeks
I found this out from my Next door neighbor who’s friends
was one of the victims he told me this yesterday Friday the 17th,
On Saturday 11th of November I was sat on my patio when I noticed a man a woman were walking past she took a photo of the name Of my villa he was walking in front of her then I saw him point to myAlarm company’s name on my railings I thought at the time it was suspicious doing this .this couple I have never seen before and they
Looked out of place .he was a big stocky guy full of tattoos dark goatee beard with glasses aged about 30ish
She was a lot smaller long fair hair tattoos and glasses .both were using Sign language I’m not sure about there nationality.
I am back in the uk now I think I should have reported this to the police
So people be aware they could be the burglars.

La Marina

Thank you for letting people know to be on their guard. Shame that no body could set up some sort of Neighbourhood watch!

Commented Support in Alicante 2017-11-20 23:18:06 UTC


Does anyone know how to cancel an E Bay Bid??
I put an offer of 3 quid on a cowboy outfit and now I am only 6 minutes away from owning

La Marina

Very funny Sir!
Anyone else out there has any good jokes (not too rude thou)
Something that makes you smile is worth its weight in Gold!

Commented Support in Alicante 2017-05-10 10:03:15 UTC

Very funny joke,nearly as funny as Maggie Mays husband Woody Allen,and a lot older.

Commented blarter222 in La Marina 2017-05-11 21:12:15 UTC

Go on to the web site and contact
you may also find it as an what if question on the website

Commented FOX160 in La Marina 2017-09-28 15:03:47 UTC

Property wanted

Are there any properties that owners wish to sell in the Consum type area of the Urb 2 or 3 bed Looking for a business friend of mine friend of mine who often has clients looking for your area. Up to now he has had to disappoint them, hence my posting. Message me please if so. Possible best on facebook Ian Dundas-Collins

La Marina

The Urbanisation La Marina

After visiting this nasty horrible tacky little Britain encampment in the sun we have decided it is not the place for us, we found it to be a dirty shabby unkempt and uncared for place. The locals appeared to us to be locked in a time warp or perhaps have been extras in the film "the hills have eyes". We actually found that the people who inhabit this godforsaken corner of Spain appear to have a monopoly on stupidity either that or they were all absolutely pie-eyed most of the time.

We have decided to buy in Cornwall instead to be closer to family, good luck to all of you, I think you'll need it with the way the Brexit negotiations are not going.

Oh dear, Bill. Clearly you had a rather unedifying experience when viewing prospective properties in La Marina. That's a shame and to be regretted. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I find your generalisations about people who chose to make La Marina their destination of choice personally offensive. As someone who has recently bought a property in La Marina and the holder of a 2:1 honours degree in Political Science, a post grad qualification in finance, professionally qualified chartered accountant and a professionally qualified internal auditor I resent your facile comment about stupidity abounding in La Marina. I hope you'll be happy in your chosen destination and find the intellectual stimulus you seem to have not found in La Marina.

Commented colintempleblu in La Marina 2017-07-14 12:18:21 UTC

I think your comments about the locals were rather uncalled for. Yes parts of the urbanisation are unkempt and untidy. ( before anybody shoots me down,, just look at the amount of weeds growing up the side of peoples houses)

As somebody that is well travelled you will find that what you found on the urbanisation, you will find in every other country in the world, even Cornwall !!!!!!

Commented silverfox1955 in La Marina 2017-07-15 11:18:35 UTC

Don't know why you felt compelled to inform us all about your long list of qualifications. You ain't gonna need them on the Urbanisation. However you will probably fit right in with all your self gratification.

Commented Bill Smyth in La Marina 2017-07-15 23:24:25 UTC

Dare I say, if you are basing your judgement of the "type" of people that you have encountered in the last few weeks as being the "window display" of the Urbanizacion you will come away slightly inaccurate view. I say this because there are a lot of tourists here at the moment and, because they are holiday makers, they might not conform to your ideal. Remember that for a considerable portion of the year the place is only occupied by residents and it's character really does my opinion. it's not an unpleasant place to live at all.
Good luck in your chosen spot.

Commented Bob Smith in La Marina 2017-07-16 16:10:22 UTC

I wanted to show you, OP, that your gross generalisation about people on the urb is both unfair and inaccurate. Next time you feel compelled to post such sweeping statements at least be sure of your facts.

Commented colintempleblu in La Marina 2017-07-16 20:47:29 UTC

I think I am an average immigrant (British, French, German, Swedish,.......) who has chosen to live in la Marina and I am proud to say that this is a nice place to live in. The biggest problem for us immigrants is to learn Spanish but with a mix of languages ​​we can still communicate with most of our neighbors. And we like it.

Commented reindeer keeper in La Marina 2017-07-18 17:12:15 UTC

This is only my opinion of the time, place and people. However this was formulated after spending some time amongst you all both during holiday periods and other times. Again this is my opinion about the degeneration and over development of the Urbanisation formed after close to ten years visiting this area of Spain.
We met many people who sounded like that fellow with all the qualifications, you're all welcome to him that's one less in the UK. No doubt he'll be community president on one of the phase's somewhere, overwhelmed by his own sense of self importance.

Commented Bill Smyth in La Marina 2017-07-21 06:58:36 UTC

So glad that you decided not to spend anymore time in La Marina Urb. You are a gross idiotic knumbskull and wrapped up in your own supposed greatness. Keep your vile judgements to yourself you arse!

Commented justwills in San Fulgencio 2017-07-24 13:46:59 UTC

You really clasify my opinions and observations as vile? What a Muppet you are, you must have have been one of the cretins I had the misfortune to come across on my travels around your neck of the woods.
I think the rumours were all true that the fall-out from Chernobyl fell mostly over la marina I had suspected this to be so. Just take a wander to the bathroom and look to see what others see, it ain't pretty.

Commented Bill Smyth in La Marina 2017-07-24 20:55:36 UTC

So, you didn't make any friends then?
Better luck in Cornwall!

Commented Josie in La Marina 2017-07-29 12:37:09 UTC

bill smyth you really are a piece of shite, i have over 20 close friends here on the urb and they are the nicest people i have ever met.
i wonder if you have the guts to come back to la marina one last time and call me all those names to my face!!!

Commented exsas in La Marina 2017-07-31 11:36:18 UTC

Bill, perhaps you are just a wind-up merchant and are just out to make mischief (the kindest interpretation that can be put on your sad and angry posts about the urb). However, it's worth pointing out that you contradict yourself, thereby invalidating any of the views you've spewed out here. In another post a few months ago you asked for information about La Marina as you're thinking of moving to the area - making it clear that at that time you didn't know it at all, yet in this thread you state that your views are based on ten years' worth of knowledge of the area. Oh dear Bill, a little confused, are you???? Whatever the truth is, I think everyone agrees that it's best you keep your poisonous and ill informed views to yourself and stop knocking the urb. You come across as a sad and angry individual, we don't need your negativity in the urb. Good luck with wherever you end up, I hope you'll be happy elsewhere.

Commented colintempleblu in La Marina 2017-07-31 18:14:13 UTC

thank you and well said

Commented exsas in La Marina 2017-07-31 19:26:23 UTC

Ha - That's what you call BUSTED !

Commented Rod in La Marina 2017-08-02 15:30:46 UTC

So pleased you are not coming here. Do not like moaners, we all came here to escape your sort.

Commented Ian in La Marina 2017-09-12 09:57:31 UTC

High school Rojales

Can you give information on the school bus leaving the consum in lo marabou tomorrow Monday help needed please my daughter starts school tomorrow and information was not much at all


Electrician needed

Hi, can anyone recommend a good electrician to rewire whole villa? We are in Urb la Marina. Thanks

Northern soul groups

Moved here few weeks ago looking to meet new people


I assume you're liking funky jazz music If you're into soul sounds ?

Commented Rod in La Marina 2017-01-09 21:39:30 UTC

there is northern soul at the talk of the coast in Benidorm every afternoon

Commented natalie.wilson123 in Benidorm 2017-08-01 07:00:39 UTC

Ley antitabaco de España de 2011

Seems as there is no risk getting caught if you are smoking in bars and restaurants or has anyone ever seen or heard of any inspection here in the urb.?

But maybe just chucked out !!!

Commented 2nd Casa in La Marina 2015-12-05 18:00:04 UTC

Might as well smoke in bars, because in my local, they stand at the front door and the smoke blows through.

Commented Al Marina in La Marina 2015-12-06 11:29:41 UTC

Something for councilor Mª Ángeles Ferrandez Aniorte? Responsible for Health Party (Casco Urbano), Social Services (Casco Urbano), Woman, 3rd Age, Or Vicente Pérez Murcia? Police, Sport, Industry, Animal Market Cemetery

Commented reindeer keeper in La Marina 2015-12-07 15:11:54 UTC

I don't think I've ever seen someone smoking within a bar since the ban.

Commented chalkie in Quesada 2015-12-10 00:38:43 UTC

i am a non smoker,but i think its disgusting and wrong for the owner of a bar not being able to have a smoking premises if he wants one,especially uk where mostly its cold and miserable outside.if non smokers dont like it they can go elsewhere.

Commented exsas in La Marina 2015-12-10 08:41:28 UTC

Like you I've never smoked but am not that anti smoking. I've heard some pubs in the UK are stopping the vapour cigarettes.

Commented chalkie in Quesada 2015-12-10 11:10:16 UTC

nearly all the bars in uk wont allow vapour cigs
still have to go outside to use them

Commented mark in La Marina 2015-12-10 12:59:30 UTC

I thought they were just flavoured water. Should kill off a few more smoking pensioners. Expect to see it Spain soon.

Commented chalkie in Quesada 2015-12-10 16:35:12 UTC

Having just repatriated to my Country of birth, I was amazed to read that some pubs had banned smoking vapour ,. That was until I took a train journey and while waiting for a train on an open station ,I heard a station announcement, which stated the this totally innocuous pastime wa not allowed on bthe platform. Just when will these sick do gooders, stop bitching and get a life.
P.. I neither smoke or vapour.

Commented Alan in La Marina 2015-12-16 19:54:50 UTC

Hello Alan,
Sorry to find out that you have returned to the UK. La Marina and this forum will miss you. When I was told about the vapour ban, I thought it was a joke. Coupled with the number of rubbish bins (5 last count) and different collection days, I was reminded why we moved here in the first place.
Still, the transport system is good, but people seem to moan about that.

Commented chalkie in Quesada 2015-12-17 12:47:23 UTC
Exposure to e-cigarette pollutants might be a health concern, as fine and ultrafine particles might be deposited in the lung.

Commented reindeer keeper in La Marina 2015-12-17 15:34:24 UTC

American blogs selling alternatives doesn't really persuade me. All I tend to see is old people freezing outside Pubs on the way to a chest infection. The selling of Alcohol will be banned in pubs in the UK next.

Commented chalkie in Quesada 2015-12-17 18:51:36 UTC

You sre perfectly correct Chalkie, The rag promoting that Vapour smoking is hazardous to health and secind hand intake is of course from someone trying to sell, what they describe AS A PERFECTLY SAFE WAY TO STOP SMOKING

Commented Alan in La Marina 2015-12-18 14:42:47 UTC

Hi Alan sorry you've left us for the 'other'place. Hope you find everything to your liking but doubt it. You know what it's like there, but, Merry Christmas and we'll miss your comments.

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2015-12-23 17:06:25 UTC

Hi PeteYep have just completed my first month, back in blighty, Must say As yet quite pleased even the weather aint bad. I am missing some of the people I met in Spain, Some of the good points include the lack of yappy dogs morning noon and night, lack of mossies, lack of cockroaches,and the thing that made my move imperative was the great public transport over here as compaired to La Marina Area.. Hope you are all well, and enjoying La Marina as much as I use to

Commented Alan in La Marina 2015-12-23 17:52:10 UTC

I assume you will still be reading and commenting on the good and the not so good points we have over here. We will miss your incisive comments!!

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2015-12-23 18:13:43 UTC

I went to a hypnotist near Benidorm to stop smoking & he fixed my depression got me slim & stopped me smoking it's like I have a whole new life he's fab
He's called Peter & he can fix just about anything call him (+34) 602 21 55 18

Commented natalie.wilson123 in Benidorm 2017-08-01 06:53:45 UTC
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