In an all too familiar scenario, police are working on the theory that last night’s fatal shooting in Nagüeles was another settling of scores.

The victim was gunned down in the garage of his luxury villa on Calle Pizarra at around 8.20 pm yesterday. The assassin lay in wait for him, shooting him as he got out from parking his car in the garage. The killer then fled on a motorbike.

Police were called to the house to find the victim, an unnamed 58-year-old French national, lying in a large pool of blood having been shot several times. They were unable to save him.

If this latest incident is another drug related crime, it is another worrying development for the Costa del Sol. The period from January to September has seen 15 killings, almost double last year’s figure of eight.