Trial in 2006 of men accused of murdering Britons
5 September 2005, ALICANTE — The trial of two men who are accused of murdering a British couple who were house hunting in Spain is expected to go ahead in spring 2006.
5 September 2005
ALICANTE — The trial of two men who are accused of murdering a British couple who were house hunting in Spain is expected to go ahead in spring 2006.
It is now almost three years since Anthony and Linda O'Malley from Llangollen, north Wales, were kidnapped and murdered, the BBC reported.
Their bodies were found in the cellar of a house near Benidorm in March 2003.
Two South American men have been charged with the murders, and the case has been remitted to the provincial court in Alicante.
It is understood that the court will meet by the end of September and set a date for the hearing.
The couple, originally from Liverpool, were kidnapped while looking for a retirement home in Benidorm. Their last conversation with a member of their family took place on 4 September 2002.
At some stage the couple are believed to have been abducted and Mr O'Malley, 42, was forced at gunpoint to make large withdrawals from cash points until his money ran out.
It is thought the couple were held for up to 15 days before they were murdered and buried in the cellar.
A post mortem examination found that the couple had been asphyxiated and that Mrs O'Malley, 55, had been beaten before she had died.
Danny Collins, from the Costa Blanca News, said cases took "a long time" in Spain, and added the fact that this was a joint investigation with North Wales Police and the Spanish force had made it more complicated.
"Then the defendants have put up quite a barrage of protests to various parts of the evidence coming in," he said.
"I don't think we are going to see it in court in Alicante this year. I am in touch with the court each week and we are talking about February."
Mr Collins said the case was likely to take place at Alicante provincial court or a larger court due to the numbers of foreign journalists who were expected to attend.
He added that fears the two accused men could be freed on bail had been overblown.
"The arrests were made of these guys on 24 March 2003. So soon after that, they went into prison. If they were still there on 24 March 2007, their lawyer could apply for their release on bail.
"We are still just over two years away from that possibility. I have been assured, if that should happen, the passports are confiscated, these people would have to report to the police station every day and there are certain regulations which they must obey."
Subject: Spanish news