Killers of British couple jailed for over 50 years each
18 May 2006, ALICANTE — Two men who kidnapped, robbed and brutally murdered a British couple who were looking for a holiday home in Spain were jailed for a total of 116 years. Venezuelans José Antonio Velázquez González, 40, and his brother-in-law Jorge Real Sierra, 56, subjected Linda and Anthony O'Malley to a terrifying ordeal before killing them and burying their bodies in a cellar.
18 May 2006
ALICANTE — Two men who kidnapped, robbed and brutally murdered a British couple who were looking for a holiday home in Spain were jailed for a total of 116 years.
Venezuelans José Antonio Velázquez González, 40, and his brother-in-law Jorge Real Sierra, 56, subjected Linda and Anthony O'Malley to a terrifying ordeal before killing them and burying their bodies in a cellar.
After a trial in Alicante, three judges convicted Velázquez and Real of murder, kidnapping, extortion, robbery and falsifying documents.
Real was jailed for 62 years and Velázquez was sentenced to 54 years behind bars. Both will serve the maximum sentence of 25 years.
Both must pay compensation of EUR 168,000 to the O'Malley's relatives.
The O'Malley's, from Llangollen, North Wales, flew to Spain in August 2002 to look for a holiday home in the Alicante area.
Real and Velázquez lured them to a villa near Benidorm with the promise of a bargain.
Once there, they bound and gagged them and forced Mr O'Malley, at gunpoint to empty the couple's bank account of EUR 28,000 savings.
After five days handcuffed to a bed, Mrs O'Malley, 56, died from a heart attack brought on by the ordeal.
Her husband was suffocated with a plastic bag over his head.
Their bodies were buried under concrete in the basement of the villa.
When they failed to arrive home from their two-week holiday, their worried family pressurized Spanish police to find the O'Malleys.
But Spanish authorities believed they were just another couple of foreigners who decided to stay on and treated the case as a missing persons inquiry.
The O'Malleys' family was convinced the normally reliable pair would not have disappeared and launched a hunt to find them helped by North Wales police.
The trail went cold until five months later, when Real tried to blackmail the O'Malley family, demanding GBP 8,000 to act as a go-between with imaginary kidnappers.
In a joint operation by British and Spanish police, using an undercover officer posing as a relative, Real was traced to an Internet café in Valencia.
Spanish police arrested Real who led police to the O'Malleys' bodies. Velázquez was detained s he drove the couple's hire car.
Real and Velázquez finally stood trial in March, almost exactly three years after the grim discovery of the O'Malleys bodies.
Real, who described himself as a marketing consultant, and Velázquez, denied all charges.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news