British expat held over wife's 'mercy killing'

20th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 June 2006, MURCIA — A British expat pensioner was arrested on suspicion of strangling his wife in an alleged "mercy killing" at their villa near Murcia.

20 June 2006

MURCIA — A British expat pensioner was arrested on suspicion of strangling his wife in an alleged "mercy killing" at their villa near Murcia.

Police said Alan William Quy, 65, told officers during questioning that he killed his 70-year-old wife, Patricia, because she had asked him to do so.

Quy had also tried to commit suicide, according to reports.

Police said that Quy claimed he had killed his wife because "she couldn't stand the strong pains in her back that she was suffering for a long time".

Quy is being held in police custody but has not been charged, police said.

Officers were called to an apartment in the Camposol estate near the coastal town of Mazarron on Monday after neighbours smelled butane gas.

Inside the villa, police found the body of the strangled woman on a chair and the husband of the dead woman intoxicated after inhaling gas.

Officials revealed that close relatives of the couple said they were both ill and may have planned a joint suicide pact.

The couple had been living in Mazarron for the past seven years, where neighbours said Quy appeared distraught lately due to his wife's illness.

However, they were also described by neighbours as a "lovely couple who were so happy together".

The couple had planned to return to Britain and their home had been on the market for the past three months.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish  news

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