VICTORY is soon at hand for homeowners in a Denia urbanisation that has been helpless before a five-year, violent occupation by gypsies and ‘drug addicts’.
Denia court has now ordered the illegal occupants out of the Mirador Monte Pedrera, on the northern slopes of the Montgo mountain, following a July 31 sentence.
At least 24 of the 64 apartments at the luxury apartment block are illegally occupied while squatters access water and electricity without paying a cent.
It comes after a series of Olive Press stories shined a light on the shocking takeover that left expats and locals living in fear for their lives.
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British apartment owner Linda Brown, 61, told the Olive Press she was punched in the ‘eye and the gut’ by a gypsy woman after requesting she turn down blaring music during siesta hours last year.
The woman was charged and has been given a restraining order prohibiting her from being within 300m of Linda.
But the near daily ‘death threats’ from young children allegedly ‘skipping school’ was too much for other expat homeowners.
In June, an elderly German couple told the Olive Press they were leaving Spain after 12 years.
A Spanish couple, who asked to remain nameless, were also caught fleeing just days after the eight-month pregnant wife was ‘hospitalised’ due to stress.
“The squatters will be gone by September, thank the Lord,” Linda Brown, who lives with partner Arnene, 72, said.
“There were 23 defendants in court and 22 lawyers, it was bedlam.
“But the public prosecutor was very passionate and firm in summing it up.”
The legal victory follows the violent ‘coup d’etat’ after a 62-year-old gypsy patriarch moved in five years ago, bringing his 10 sons and their wives and children.
A reign of terror saw both parents and young children shouting ‘sons of b*tches’ and ‘we will kill you all’ up at expat and Spanish homeowners.
The situation worsened early this year as unoccupied apartments were broken into and rented out to ‘drug addicts’.
Linda, an ex-copper from Derbyshire, described how the couple were forced to sleep with the ‘burglar alarms on’ as the stairs up to their penthouse apartment were barricaded by an iron gate.
“They have no choice now, they must all now leave,” a spokesperson for Japsa, the urbanisation’s promoter, told the Olive Press.
“Our police force is excellent, but the courts were not giving them warrants to act.
“In Spain, squatters are given occupancy rights if they are not removed within 24 hours of entering.
“But now all of them have been given an eviction order and a month to find a new place to live – if they don’t leave, the police will kick them onto the streets.”