Briton accused of Costa murders faces 34 years in jail

20th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2004, MADRID - Spain's public prosecutor has called for a Briton accused of murdering two teenage Spanish girls to be handed a 34-year jail term if found guilty of the killings of one of the youngsters.

20 October 2004

MADRID - Spain's public prosecutor has called for a Briton accused of murdering two teenage Spanish girls to be handed a 34-year jail term if found guilty of the killings of one of the youngsters.

Tony Alexander King, 38, was arrested a year ago in southern Spain in connection with the murders of Sonia Carabantes and Rocio Wanninkhof and is the only person standing trial in the two cases.

The prosecution's demand relates only to the killing of Carabantes, 17, who was killed in the early hours of 14 August last year as she was on way home from a village fete.

King, who moved to Spain nine years ago, had previously alleged that a friend, Robert Graham, killed Wanninkhof in 1999 as part of a mafia plot involving property deals in the region.

Dolores Vazquez, an acquaintance of Wanninkhof, was convicted of her killing initially but the court ordered a retrial, judging the conviction unsafe after DNA testing showed up links between both that killing and that of Carabantes.

Graham was questioned and initially accused of providing a false alibi for King, but then freed as a statute of limitations had run out.

Wanninkhof disappeared on 9 October 1999 and police have been examining DNA samples which showed up links between both killings.

The prosecutor called for the 34-year sentence late Tuesday.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

0 Comments To This Article