Murder suspect is to be extradited from Spain
23 June 2005, MADRID — The prime suspect in the murder of pregnant British woman Hayley Richards is to be extradited from Spain to the UK.
23 June 2005
MADRID — The prime suspect in the murder of pregnant British woman Hayley Richards is to be extradited from Spain to the UK.
Hugo Quintas, the ex-boyfriend of 23-year-old Miss Richards, was arrested by Spanish police in the Basque region of the country on Tuesday.
He was taken to Madrid and has agreed to be extradited back to the UK.
Quintas was likely to be flown back in the next few days.
Miss Richards was found dead at her home in Trowbridge, in the UK, on 11 June. Her throat had been cut.
Detective Superintendent Mike Veale, of Wiltshire police, launched an international hotline and internet appeal to track down Quintas.
Police believed Quintas, also 23, flew to his native Portugal on the day her body was found.
Miss Richards's murder came less than a week after she dialled 999 to report an alleged assault by Quintas and the factory worker was wanted by police over the alleged attack in the days leading up to his disappearance.
Wiltshire Police said last week Quintas indicated that he wished to return to the UK.
The force launched an appeal in English, Portuguese and Spanish on its website which contains a detailed description of Quintas.
Dedicated telephone lines have also been set up for UK callers and people who may have seen Quintas abroad, Wiltshire Police said.
The lines were manned by staff from Wiltshire Police and other forces including workers proficient in Portuguese and Spanish as well as native speakers.
Wiltshire Police failed to arrest Quintas in the days between the alleged attack on Miss Richards and her murder six days later.
Last week it emerged that officers had missed two chances to apprehend Quintas - when he was spoken to by officers working on other investigations who were unaware that he was wanted over the alleged assault.
Miss Richards dialled 999 on 5 June to report that she had been attacked by Quintas but, although she received minor bruising, told officers that she was unhurt.
The British police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), is investigating Wiltshire Police's handling of Miss Richards's complaint.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news