The British man arrested over the murder of a gay German in Gran Canaria is too ill to appear in court today.

The 39-year old man identified only as EB by police was arrested after he was found to have overdosed on drugs in a suicide attempt.

Karl Heinz Thonningen, 44, was stabbed to death at 0500 on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

Two ambulances attended the scene, but paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.

The victim had gone out for the night while his partner stayed in the hotel. Police have searched the area, but have been unable to find a murder weapon.

Police are treating the murder as a “crime of passion,” as no money was taken from the victim.

Police believe that EB killed Mr Thonningen in a jealous rage after finding out he was in a long term relationship.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said that the suspect had not yet asked for consular assistance.