Man accused of killing Britions 'was miles away'

31st March 2006, Comments 0 comments

31 March 2006, ALICANTE — The teenage daughter of a man accused of killing a couple house-hunting in Spain has provided her father with an alibi, a court heard.

31 March 2006

ALICANTE — The teenage daughter of a man accused of killing a couple house-hunting in Spain has provided her father with an alibi, a court heard.

Jorge Real Sierra's daughter Estephanie Gonzalez said her father was 70 miles away from the villa in which Linda and Anthony O'Malley were kidnapped, the BBC reported.

Real, 56, and co-accused Juan Antonio Velazquez Gonzalez, 40, deny killing the couple from North Wales in 2002.

The girl said a row between her parents had prompted her father to move.

Ms Gonzalez told the court how she, Real and her sisters had gone to their flat in Valencia on 7 September 2002 - the day before the O'Malleys went to view the villa at Alcoy near Benidorm, where they were kidnapped and held for five days.

Mrs O'Malley, 55, is said to have died of shock because of her treatment when held captive. Her 42-year-old husband, a car salesman, was asphyxiated with a plastic bag, the court has heard.
Anthony and Linda O'Malley were found dead in March 2003

The couple's bodies were found buried under the cellar at the villa the following March.

Asked how she could remember the dates so clearly, Ms Gonzalez said: "It was the worst day of my life - apart from 25 March."

The court heard she was present on that day when police raided the apartment in Valencia after her father and uncle, Velazquez, were arrested.

She referred to the date as the "other worst day of my life".

She said: "When I opened the door there was a man with a gun who did not say who he was and came in."

The trial was also read a statement from a Briton, Douglas Eames, who had visited the villa the day before the O'Malleys after he replied to an advert in a local English-language newspaper.

He said when he drove to the house he could see from the outside it was not the type of villa he wanted and decided not to take a tour of the property with a man fitting Real's description.

He contacted the police six months later when he read reports of the O'Malley's murders and realised it was the same house.
The O'Malleys' bodies were found under a concrete floor

Real and Velazquez, both from Venezuela, are said to have been posing as vendors of the villa, even though in fact they were only renting it.

The court heard from the man who rented the villa to the pair, Javier Silvestre Puig, who said how the floor of the cellar had been repainted after Real and Velazquez had lived there.

Employees of shops where Real was said to have used the O'Malley's credit cards to buy clothes and a computer screen, also gave evidence on the third day of the five-day hearing.

In addition to murder and kidnap, Real and Velazquez are accused of forcing Mr O'Malley to remove EUR 28,000 from a bank account, fraudulently using the couple's bank cards and stealing the Fiat Stilo they had hired.

The court previously heard who police traced Real when he sent emails and made calls to the UK offering himself as a hostage negotiator in exchange for money, despite the fact the O'Malleys were already dead.

The trial was adjourned until Tuesday.

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