A British teenager has been arrested for killing his twin brother in their family home in the Valencia region of Spain last year.
19-year-old Ryan Goodman was remanded in custody at a juvenile detention centre by a court in Spain last week, pending trial, after admitting that his brother, Michael, had died accidentally during an argument outside their home in February last year.
In his statement to police, he confessed that the two of them had been arguing over a “stupid matter” when he pushed Michael against the door of their home, a rural villa near Vallada, where they lived with their mother, grandfather and two sisters.
Michael hit his head against the door knob and collapsed on the ground dead. Ryan dragged the body a short distance from the house and hid it beneath undergrowth in a ditch between the property and the main road, where it lay undiscovered until April this year, when a local man found it while picking wild asparagus.
DNA testing confirmed that it was the body of Michael, who was formally reported missing in April of last year.
It is understood that Ryan Goodman told the family that Michael had run away to England. But, after almost two months of not hearing from him, his mother reported him missing.
Appearing at court in the nearby town of Xàtiva, last week, Ryan Goodman told the investigating judge that it had been an accident and he was very sorry.
“I loved my brother and had no intention of killing him,” he said, adding that he had hidden the body because he “was very scared” of the consequences. The judge remanded him to the custody of youth criminal services because he had been 17 years old when the crime was committed.
According to local reports, the brothers, who shared a room in the villa in the hills 35 miles inland from the Costa Blanca, had argued after their mother accused them of stealing money from her purse. Each blamed the other, and after she left the house they came to blows, according to the statement made to police by the accused.