The Málaga Provincial court has acquitted the three men, two Moroccans and a Rumanian, who had been accused of the murder of a German couple at their Chilches home in January 2007 due to a lack of evidence against them.
According to the sentence, there were no biological traces of the accused found in the house and statements made by a protected witness, who claimed the accused had invited him to take part in the robbery, could not be corroborated.
The court was also unable to confirm the validity of a telephone call to the police claiming that two cars similar to those owned by the suspects were at the scene of the crime.
Recorded telephone conversations were also used as part of the evidence in the case but were deemed to be ‘confusing’.
The three men, however, were sentenced to 23 months in prison for stealing a car and one of them was also given a five year sentence for breaking into another house in Caleta de Vélez.