Briton accused of murdering his son is freed

9th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 November 2004, MADRID- A British father who was accused of killing his baby son has arrived back in the UK after being freed from prison in Spain.

9 November 2004

MADRID- A British father who was accused of killing his baby son has arrived back in the UK after being freed from prison in Spain.

Paul Lees, of Oldham, northern England, denies murdering his three-month-old son Sami, who was found dead at his home in the Costa del Sol, in May 2003.

A post-mortem examination found two baby wipes in his throat, but forensic evidence has cast doubt on that claim. However, Lees claims funeral directors pushed them into the baby's throat to stop liquid leaking out of his mouth.

A toxicology test said the child could have died from cot death.

His sister, Caron, put her house up for sale to pay legal fees for Mr Lees, who spent 13 months in jail without charge.

He was released in June after a substantial bail payment was made and has described his time in jail as a "nightmare".

Earlier this year, he claimed a second autopsy report confirmed the cause of his son's death as cot death.

But he said this conflicted with a separate toxicology report.

Lees remains on bail and could still be forced to return to Spain to face charges.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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