EXCLUSIVE by Nicola Cowell and Jon Clarke
TIMESHARE king Garry Leigh has been killed in a cycling accident.
The timeshare boss – who has frequently been in trouble with the authorities – was run over on a leisurely Saturday cycle.
Leigh, who conned thousands of people out of their fortunes, died on the spot while cycling on the A-7 in Marbella.
Police confirmed a 47-year-old man died of a severe cardiac arrest after he was run-over near El Corte Inglés at 9.15am.
The accident caused six kilometre tailbacks with many day-trippers stuck in traffic which took until 4pm to clear.
Leigh – the brother-in-law of Costa killer Tony King – had long been involved in a variety of timeshare related scams.
One of his companies The Incentive Leisure Group was recently raided for “breaches of consumer law”.
A seasoned fraudster – who started his crime career launching pyramid schemes – he was also fined £29,000 at Reading Magistrates in 2009.
Incentive Leisure was found guilty of 11 counts of fraud.
Another company Timelinx became infamous when a pair of hooded attackers broke in and slashed Leigh in a broad daylight attack in 2002.
After the assault Leigh had plastic surgery and was forced to hire a bodyguard.
A spokesman for Incentive Leisure said: “Garry will be sorely missed by all his friends and colleagues. The show will go on because that’s what he would have wanted. “
The company will now be run by new CEO Kim Bambroffe.
Sources say Leigh´s colleagues were in crisis talks this week to sort out how to divide the company.
“The team met on Monday morning to try and sort things out,” said Sandy Grey from the Timsehare Consumers Association.
Another former employee of Leigh said: “Everyone is nervous. There´s a lot of stuff to sort out.”
A multimillionaire, who lived in Mijas, Leigh donated thousands to good causes every year.
One charity FAMA, which helps abandoned animals, received a variety of cheques. A spokesperson said: “We got a call from his PR on Sunday telling us he had died. He gave us a lot of money.”
Cycling groups meanwhile insisted that the accident demonstrates the dangers of cycling on main roads in Málaga.
Alonso González, president of Ruedas Redondas said cycling on the coast is “virtually impossible” as cars drive at 100 km per hour and there are no pavements.
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