Firefighters called to a small blaze at a Madrid law firm were shocked to find one man with an axe in his head, a woman with her throat slit and another woman who had her tongue cut out.azePepe Castillo, 43, who was attacked with the axe, suffered a heart attack and died despite the efforts of emergency services.  Marisa Osorio, 46, died from head wounds from a blunt instrument and Elisa Consugegra Gález, 26, had her throat slit. Both were said to be well known locally.

A source at the Madrid murder squad said: “We think this may have been a settling of scores to do with some personal mater but we are keeping an open mind at this stage.”

To cover up their tracks, the killers tried to set fire to the victims’ bodies.