The accused, in the centre of the photograph, during his trial in Malaga this Monday (15 November). / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ

British man confesses to stabbing his Spanish wife to death, but says he doesn't remember anything

The Public Prosecutor is demanding a 14-year prison sentence, but the defence team for Geoffrey Elton has asked that he be admitted to a psychiatric centre for treatment and then deported to Britain


The British man, Geoffrey Elton, who is standing trial in Malaga for the murder of his Spanish wife, Gloria Tornay, in their home in Estepona in 2019, has pleaded guilty in court.

However, according to the defendant, he does not recollect how it happened. He said that all he remembered about that night was that he was angry with her and that he had received WhatsApp messages that could have incited him to kill her.

Elton said that he did not recall that he had hit Gloria in the face, or tried to strangle her, as the Public Prosecutor's office maintains. Nor that he had stabbed her up to eleven times using a 14.5cm long kitchen knife, ending the victim's life.

Prosecutors are demanding a 14-year prison sentence for the crime of murder, with mitigating circumstances.


In court, the defence team said that Elton suffers from a mental disorder that prevented him from being aware of the consequences caused by Gloria's murder and has requested the prison sentence be substituted with admission to a psychiatric centre where he can receive treatment and, later on, be deported to Great Britain.

On Tuesday the trial for Gloria's murder will continue with the testimony of her son, who at the time of the events was a minor, and who Elton had thrown out of the house before the murder.