Former miner accused of Briton's murder
15 March 2005, MALAGA - A former miner accused of the brutal murder of a British woman in Spain has claimed another man killed her.
15 March 2005
MALAGA - A former miner accused of the brutal murder of a British woman in Spain has claimed another man killed her.
Richard Monteith, 53, of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, Britain, is accused of battering Diana Dyson, 63, of Sheffield, in her Torremolinos flat in March 2002, the BBC reported.
Appearing in court in the Costa Del Sol, he is also accused of stealing her jewellery. His wife Anne-Marie, 50, is accused of handling stolen property.
Monteith named another Briton, claiming he carried out the attack.
He told three judges at the Palace Justice in Malaga that he had led the man to Dyson's flat on 6 March 2002, but did not know he was there to harm her.
He said he ran to the bathroom to be sick when the man began beating her over the head and when he returned she was dead, the hearing heard.
Dyson's body was found four days later. She had suffered serious head injuries and had been strangled.
Her jewellery was also later found in Monteith's apartment in the resort, the judges heard.
He said the attacker had been sent to Spain by a former lover of five-times married Dyson to recover some tape recordings.
He said he took him to Dyson's flat but then the man pushed him aside and began hitting her with a piece of wood or metal.
He also said Dyson had given him the jewellery before she died because she wanted to make a false insurance claim.
Monteith added: "I said I wanted no part of it. I tried several times to give them back to her but when I went to her house she wouldn't open the door."
The case was adjourned until Wednesday.
Subject: Spanish news