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Restaurant owner speaks out over Valentine's Day shooting

Mojacar restaurant owner Tito del Amo points at two bullet holes that were fired into his establishment last month, injuring one of his diners.

By Richard Torné

A Mojacar restaurant owner has spoken candidly about the evening a diner was wounded and almost killed after two bullets were fired from a next door bar.

In the Valentine’s Day incident at La Cantina restaurant, a 68-year-old Icelandic woman was hurt when one of two bullets fired from an archaic handgun grazed her side. She was admitted to hospital before being released two days later.

The alleged culprit, a French citizen identified as R.H.J.A. who runs the next door club Joe Bar, was arrested and held in custody for two days before being released with charges. He is due to go on trial before the summer for illegal arms possession and causing injury by firearm.

The restaurant’s owner, Tito del Amo, said that some 15 police agents descended on the packed establishment shortly after the shots were fired. Pointing at the two bullet holes left in the thin partition wall, Mr del Amo said: “The bullets just missed her head – but it could have been a very different story.”

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