Staff Reporter
PENSIONER Jaume Fuster Lareu died in hospital on Wednesday night, days after he was beaten up by muggers in Cala Rajada, and yesterday his widow, Anita Taillandier, called on the Guardia Civil to carry out a full investigation of the case, to discover exactly what happened. She said that her husband, who was 69, had never hurt a soul, but he received a brutal beating, even though he suffered from Parkinson's.
She explained that her husband had left the house at 2pm on October 4, to go for a walk, and stopped to smoke a cigarette along the Avenida America.
She went on to say that Sr Fuster did not remember much of what happened, only that he was attacked from behind by one or two persons, who beat him savagely. He was found lying on the ground, with a broken jaw, although he was still conscious. “We took him to the hospital in Manacor,” Sra de Fuster says, adding that the doctors diagnosed serious injuries and he was transferred to Son Dureta in Palma. He was released five days later, as he appeared to have made a good recovery, but he continued to feel unwell and suffered a cerebral haemorrhage.
He underwent an emergency operation, but complications arose, and he died on Wednesday.
His widow said that he had been beaten all over his body, “it was terrible because Jaume could not defend himself.” The couple used to spend six months in Paris and the rest of the time in Majorca. She explained that her husband had worked for many years in a dry cleaners, and retired some years ago. “When we were in Cala Rajada, he liked to go for walks, and nothing had ever happened to him. “The area where we live is very quiet,” she said.
The Palma court opened a preliminary investigation, but the case has been passed on to the Manacor court as the attack took place in that jurisdiction. An autopsy will be held and the results are expected to be of great value to the investigators.
Neighbours in Avenida America, where the attack took place, yesterday expressed their sorrow at the death of Jaume Fuster, and said that they were “horrified” that such a thing could have happened there. “In summer, the Avenida America is full of people, especially tourists, but when October arrives, it is very quiet. However, we do not remember anything like this ever happening before and we are very worried,” one neighbour, 60, who has lived in Cala Rajada all his life, said.

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