The accused (l) arriving at court in Palma. | A. Sepúlveda

A 62-year-old woman has been arrested for the alleged attempted murder of her mother in Palma.

Police were deployed to the mother’s home at dawn on Monday after a report that someone was setting fire to the house. Officers say they found the accused on the landing inside the house with a burning piece of cardboard in her hand.

She reportedly tried to escape but was caught and officers are now analysing several documents which were found in a hotel room she was renting.

The mother had allegedly disowned the defendant who is facing a raft of charges including fraud and is also being questioned about a fire in her mother’s car on November 26 whilst it was parked in a garage in Palma.