EXCLUSIVE By Wendy Williams
AN Irish expatriate has attempted to commit suicide outside a police station in a desperate bid to free his daughter from care.
Martin McCaffrey doused himself in petrol outside Motril police station and attempted to light a match.
While he has no memory of the event a close friend told the Olive Press that he was saved by the quick-thinking of a policeman who jumped in and grabbed the matches.
The friend, a local restaurant owner, explained that McCaffrey was released from hospital, where he was monitored for two weeks.
He explained that his friend, who has two other children, had taken the drastic measure just before Christmas.
His erratic behaviour comes a month after trying to see his 14-year-old daughter who was taken into care following a plea by her mother.
The mother, who lives near Motril, made a string of lurid allegations against her daughter and the father that have yet proved unfounded.
The father-of-three has since returned to the UK hoping to be assessed and declared a suitable parent.
The friend, who asked not to be named, said: “It is all very tragic.
“He is a very sweet guy, a sort of loveable rogue, but the situation has left him distraught.
“These were the actions of a desperate person.”