An Irish trainee pilot was arrested after an alleged drunken assault on a woman he had taken back to his Spanish hotel room for the night on the eve of a flight.
Police understood at first that he was a qualified pilot and was scheduled to fly out of Malaga on the day of his arrest.
But it later emerged he had not yet passed his final exams and was due to board a plane in the evening as a passenger.
The early-hours incident happened at the three-star Campanile Malaga Hotel near Malaga Airport.
The 31-year-old is due to appear in court on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Malaga's police force said: "I can confirm a 31-year-old Irishman has been held after an incident at a hotel in the city."
A source said: "Officers filed in their report that he appeared to be inebriated.
"He told them he was a pilot and was flying out of Malaga later the same day.
"Police were called to his fourth-floor room after a noisy row between him and a Moroccan woman he had met that night and invited back, which woke other guests up. She didn't speak English and the hotel receptionist acted as a translator. The Irishman said they started arguing after he accused her of stealing money and said they had assaulted each other.
"He found a bundle of notes in his trouser pocket when he went up to his room from reception to collect his belongings."
Officers took both to separate medical centres for a check-up before the Irishman was handed over to a separate police force for a formal interview.
The Moroccan woman, aged 25, is not thought to have been detained.
The source said: "There were no signs of violence on her that made officers suspect it was a serious assault."
A court official confirmed: "The police took a statement from him and he has been ordered to attend court on Wednesday so he can be tried immediately for a minor crime."