Prison without bail for British man accused of stabbing his wife to death in Estepona

Residents gathered in Estepona on Sunday.
Residents gathered in Estepona on Sunday. / EFE
  • Gloria, 58, was found dead in the couple's home on Saturday night; her husband had slit his wrists but was saved by the emergency services

A 55-year-old British man resident in Estepona has been jailed without bail after his wife, Gloria, 58, was stabbed to death in the couple's home on Saturday night.

The victim was found dead in the bedroom when police broke into the house in Forest Hills after a neighbour raised the alarm at around 11.30pm. Her husband, Geoffrey, 55 and of British origin, had apparently tried to commit suicide after the fatal stabbing. He was found next to her on the bed with cuts to his wrists.

A police care outside the scene of the crime.

A police care outside the scene of the crime. / EFE

The couple's son, 15, was outside the house, trying to get in when the police arrived on the scene. He had apparently been thrown out of the house by his father after he interrupted the attack.

When police entered the house they found Gloria already dead but called an ambulance for her husband. He was taken in custody to the Costa del Sol hospital and hours later transferred to a police cell.

The alleged killer appeared before a judge on Tuesday and was sent to prison while the investigation continues.

The autopsy revealed on Sunday that Gloria had received twelve stab wounds, mainly to her back as well as several cuts to her hands and arms, sustained during her attempts to defend herself.

Police believe that Geoffrey, who moved to Spain with his parents when he was young, had waited for the couple's son to go to bed, before attacking his wife. The teenager had not gone to sleep, however and got up when he heard his mother's cries. He found her badly injured and his father in a violent rage. It appears that Geoffrey picked up the family's three mobile phones and threw them into the garden.

When the boy went outside to call the emergency services his father locked the door behind him. Police took two knives away from the scene as evidence.

The victim, originally from Montejaque, had not previously reported her husband for domestic violence. She is the second fatal victim of violence against women in the province of Malaga in 2019. On 12 January, Leonor, 47, was killed in Fuengirola.

Estepona town hall declared three days of official mourning. Local residents joined two gatherings on Sunday to hold a minute's silence and condemn the killing. A protest was also held in Malaga on Monday.