efe-epaBarcelona (Spain)

A man has plunged to his death after jumping out of a window of his 10th-floor flat in a suburb of the northeastern city of Barcelona on Thursday after court officials arrived to evict him from his home for non-payment of rent to the owner, a bank, regional police and court officials told EFE.

A spokesman for the Mossos d'Esquadra, Catalonia's police force, told EFE they had been called to a property in Cornellà de Llobregat, to the west of Barcelona, after the occupants refused to leave when court officials arrived to execute an eviction order.

The officials then proceeded to pound on the door in the presence of police, the spokesman said.

At first, a voice from the inside told them they were going to open, but then the screams of a woman who was also inside alerted all that a man had jumped out of a window.

When the woman opened the door, police officers were able to confirm there was a person lying prone in the street outside.

Medical services were called but they were only able to certify the death of the man, the spokesman said.

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia said the eviction, scheduled for Thursday, had been ordered after a trial for non-payment of rent.

The bank that owned the property had filed a lawsuit in Nov., instructing lawyers that the tenant had not paid rent over a period of seven months.

The tenant was allegedly informed of the court case in Jan., but failed to turn up or appoint a lawyer, the court said.

The eviction had been delayed once after regional social services intervened in order to make a report, a court official said.