Pau Rigo arriving at court in Manacor yesterday.

16-04-2018Alejandro Sepúlveda

Pau Rigo, the 77-year-old owner of a property in Porreres, who shot and killed a robber on 24 February, has been charged by a court in Manacor with murder but has been released.

The court made the announcement yesterday morning. Afterwards, the lawyer for the family of the dead man, Mauricio Escobar, and his brother Freddy, who was also involved in the attempted robbery, said that he will be formalising the prosecution for murder because there are details given by Pau Rigo "which don't quite add up".

The lawyer, Antoni Vicens, who is waiting for final police forensic reports, added that there are "doubts" about the argument that Pau Rigo acted in legitimate self-defence.

The incident occurred at around 9am on 24 February. The two Escobar brothers entered the property, which had been robbed on a previous occasion by a group which had included Freddy Escobar. According to Freddy Escobar, his brother was shot at point-blank range when he and Mauricio were returning from the basement of the house.

Pau Rigo suffered injuries that required a two-week stay in hospital. Both he and his wife have stated that they were assaulted and were in fear of their lives.

Freddy Escobar and two accomplices, one said to have been the "brains" behind the robbery and the other who was the driver, are currently in custody charged with robbery with violence.

Last week, the high court in Tenerife sentenced an 80-year-old man to two and a half years prison for having shot and killed a robber in 2015.

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Mike= / Hace 8 months

Things don’t add up well if he wasn’t there in the first place he wouldn’t have been shot ! Just like the recent case in the U.K. pensioner stabs burglar with own screw driver he gets arrested ? police will always go for the easy target because they are too lazy to do the job they are paid for I’m afraid it’s now come to the stage where it’s DO UNTO OTHERS AS THEY DO UNTO YOU ONLY DO IT FIRST ,

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Ralph McGaughey / Hace 8 months

Pau Rigo should seek a change of venue to here in Northern Maine. The jury would carry him out on their shoulders to the cheers of an assembled crowd. He would then be feted to a public dinner. Pau Rigo performed a public service.

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Richard / Hace 8 months

As I have said before, it’s getting more like the U.K. here every day re: political correctness. I’m actually glad to be close to the end of my life now, though I worry for my kids. What a sad world this has become, and Mallorca is no refuge anymore.

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tom / Hace 8 months

The Western world has gone mad. A criminal wins compensation today, whilst the victim receives punishment and probably a life destroyed as they will have a continual fear even to live in their own home. SAD, SAD, SAD. The Criminals must be laughing at us gullible people. A parent is supposed to give a child consequences and the "Naughty Step" according to Supernanny but we today protect the criminal.

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Adam Ostenfeld / Hace 8 months

Its a bit strange when people who break the law and invade someone's private space which they OWN to steal objects from there house to make money and on this occasion this occurred several times , These bastard´s deserved what they got , don't stick your nose where it should not be be just might get it shot off .

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Viva España / Hace 8 months

What a joke the law is. It is amazing to me that people perpetrating the crimes have rights and the victims get punished. Mauricio Escobar deserved everything he got and Pau should be applauded for defending himself and his family. Hopefully there will be judge who throws this out and sends a clear message that it is the victims who matter not the low life's that think they can get away with anything. It is also strange that the bleeding heart politicians here on the island are happy to defend a rapper who spews hatred but don't rally around an elderly man who defended himself. It just shows that these politicians are only looking at supporting things where they think they can get maximum media coverage.

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Henry James / Hace 8 months

These low life thugs had no right or business being on Pau Rigo's property in the first place,how many other robberies and beatings have these thugs carried out.? This time,one of their victims fought back and they got what they deserved.

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