EXCLUSIVE: Expat who died with family in Gibraltar ‘had been about to fly back to UK’

The expat family lived in Estepona 'for a year' before borrowing Gibraltar apartment from an Australian family friend on way home

LAST UPDATED: 6 Apr, 2015 @ 11:01
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THE British expat who was found dead in a Gibraltar home on Monday was called John and had been living in Estepona with his family for a year before his move across the border, the Olive Press can reveal.

John, 31, moved into an Australian family friend’s flat in Bochetti’s steps on March 26 with his 37-year-old Spanish partner, two children – four and six weeks old – and their dog, a source told the Olive Press.

The family were planning to stay in Gibraltar for ‘just a few days’ before returning to the UK to live after receiving paperwork for their dog, the source added.

The Australian tenant – who has asked not to be named – works with John’s father. It is not known what John did.

It is understood that he had agreed to lend the flat to the family for the weekend only… And expected them out on Monday.

And it was also he who discovered the ‘horrific’ scene when he attempted to enter his flat on Monday morning, March 30.

“The last few days have been the toughest of my life,” he told the Olive Press.

“I have never gone through such a torrent of emotions, no one can help me with this.

“I feel quite abandoned right now.”

He added: “I have my family and my kids here with me now and they have had to go through this as well.

“I still have a life to live in Gibraltar, I just need some time to get my head straight.

“The family are very dear to me and out of respect for them I don’t wish to say anything more until they are ready to do so.”

He added that he will be meeting with members of John’s family over the weekend to ‘try and understand what happened’.

Some family members arrived this morning, while others are expected to arrive on Sunday morning.

A spokesman for Gibraltar Police meanwhile confirmed that the identities of all the deceased will be revealed after all family members have been to Gibraltar.

The UK’s leading pathologist Dr Cary arrived in Gibraltar on Wednesday and is carrying out the post-mortems.

Despite confirming that all four bodies had been found with stab wounds, police continue to insist they are not looking for an outside suspect.



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