by Iona Napier and Rob Horgan in Gibraltar
POLICE are investigating the state of minds of two adults, a British man aged 31 and a Spanish woman aged 37, found dead with two children in Gibraltar yesterday.
Names of the family of four found dead will be withheld until their next of kin arrive on the Rock, say police, whilst inquiries continue.
The bodies of the two girls, aged four and six months, have now been removed from the murder scene and are at St Bernard’s hospital.
Commissioner Eddie Yome said: “The adult bodies remain at the scene until the expert pathologist, Doctor Carey, arrives tomorrow and undertakes a post-mortem.
“The children have been moved, partly because we were worried about the smell.”
Wayne Tunbridge, acting superintendent, is one of the many officers who have taken up counselling.
It has been revealed that Gibraltar’s young officers were sent home as they weren’t ‘mentally prepared’ and now police are only letting the senior officers work on the case.
Gibraltar has been in shock for the last 24 hours since the news broke when police forced entry into the rented property on Boschetti’s Steps.
Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) is not currently looking for anyone else involved and reported that policeman forced entry to the murder scene, where the light was still on, to find the family.
Commotion had been heard in the Governor’s Lane area between 10.45am and 11am today when a neighbour raised the alarm after hearing screaming.
The family had been living in Spain for a while but it is believed, had only been in Gibraltar for a few days in the rented apartment.
Fabian Picardo, chief minister, yesterday held a minute’s silence for the deceased and tweeted at 10.15pm: ‘Black day for Gibraltar. As our small Nation settles down for the night thoughts with decease their families and @RGPolice & @GHAWeb officers’.