26 Oct, 2020 @ 13:15
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Rich Brit expat ‘stabbed Spanish wife 11 times in jealous rage at their Estepona home’


A BRITISH expat had sex with his wife before killing her in a frenzied knife attack at their £450,000 Costa del Sol mansion,  Spanish prosecutors say.

Wealthy businessman Geoffrey Elton, 56, attempted to smother Gloria Tornay and then tried to strangle her before she broke free after the bedroom romp, it is alleged.

Court papers claim he then chased Gloria, 58, through their Estapona villa with a 5.7 inch long kitchen knife, stabbing her 11 times on March 9 last year.

Spanish-born Gloria was knifed in the back as she tried to flee her husband, prosecutors allege, and she died after going into ‘hypovolemic shock’ from massive blood loss. 

He then allegedly shut off the power and told 15-year-old son to leave and threw away cell phones away to slow the emergency response, it is alleged. 

The scene of the crime (L) and Geoffrey Elton who is accused of murder

Elton was found drenched in blood beside his wife of 30 years after trying to take his own life but was saved by medics and later charged with murder. 

Spanish prosecutors want Elton locked up for 14 years and forced to pay £180,000 in compensation for her children if he is found guilty.

The court heard that the mum-of-two had alcohol, methadone and morphine in her system when she was Elton brutally attacked her after learning she wanted to leave him.

In an indictment submitted to a judge ahead of trial, they state: “Geoffrey Miles Elton was in the home he shared with his wife and their 15-year-old son in Estepona and with the obvious intention of ending her life after having sex with her in their bedroom, suddenly and totally unexpectedly began to hit her in the face as he put his hand over her mouth to suffocate her.

SCENE: The house on Calle Reino de España on the outskirts of Estepona

“He then proceeded to strangle her and when he wasn’t able to achieve his objective, used a 5.7 inch long kitchen knife to stab her 11 times.” 

Expat Elton moved to Estepona six years ago after retiring from his successful satellite dish installation company. 

Pals alleged Elton was “increasingly paranoid” and reclusive, fearing his family were spying on him and that his wife was trying to leave the marriage.

Prosecutors will not seek a life term if Elton is convicted as they accept a rare mental disorder “led to him suffering delusions”.

Gloria’s family have reportedly launched a parallel prosecution and are also demanding a 14-year jail term.

A trial date is yet to be fixed.

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