AIRPORT DEATH: Tourist who assaulted security assistant faces homicide charges in Palma

DEATH INQUIRY: Herminia Bedinelli (inset) died after the incident at Palma airport (main).

A GERMAN tourist who assaulted a female security assistant at Mallorca’s Son Sant Joan airport could be charged with reckless homicide after his victim died from heart failure some days later.

The 43-year-old man was arrested by Guardia Civil after he pushed the victim to the ground when she prevented him going into a restricted area.

Herminia Bedinelli, 66-years-old and of Argentine origin, suffered fractures in her hip and leg, for which she needed surgery. She suffered heart problems and died in hospital last Thursday. She was due to retire soon.

The aggressor was initially charged with a crime of causing injury and released on bail by Palma court. Now a judge is examining a post-mortem report before deciding whether to upgrade the charge.

Trablisa, the security firm who employed Herminia says it will bring a private prosecution against the German man.

There has been an outpouring of support and grief on social networks offering condolences to the family of the victim, who was described as extremely popular amongst fellow workers.

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