THE father of an expat bodybuilder who fell to her death under mysterious circumstances has claimed that she was threatened before she died.
Romina Acuña, 33, was found at the foot of her apartment block in Calahonda, near Marbella on the Costa del Sol, earlier this month.
Her suspicious death came just hours after she filed a police report against her British lover for domestic abuse, before deciding to withdraw it at the last minute.
The Briton, 36, who the Olive Press can identify by the initials GP, has a history of violence against women and was arrested immediately after Romina’s death.
The electrician was released on bail while police continue to investigate, with suicide an avenue they are also taking seriously.
There was further shock when it was revealed that Romina was the widow of bouncer Jose Pisani, 55, who was killed in April trying to break up a fight at a swanky restaurant owned by TOWIE star Elliott Wright.
The man who threw the deadly punch was identified as ‘Harry S’, a British gangster who has been terrorising the Costa del Sol over the last year.
A Guardia Civil source told the Olive Press that they are not discounting the idea that the two cases are linked.
“We are not discounting that the two British men knew each other,” a police source revealed. “Nothing has been discounted.”
To add to the mystery, Romina’s father, Rodrigo, claimed his ‘gym fanatic’ daughter had been targeted in the days before her death.
“Someone in a car drove past her in the street and threatened her,” he told the Olive Press after visiting her body in a morgue in Malaga.
“Nobody knew who it was, not even Romina,” added the devastated Chilean, who is based in Barcelona.
Rodrigo explained he had never met her on-off boyfriend, but he believed he was linked to ‘a lot of mafia’ on the Costa del Sol.
However, he stopped short of claiming he was actually a member of a gang.
“All I’ll say is that there’s a lot of mafia down on the Costa del Sol,” he insisted.
“They met in a bar during a night out and had soon started a relationship.
“He came over and introduced himself and charmed her. Everything seemed normal.”
He added: “Romina was a good girl who was really into fitness and exercise and not connected to drugs in any way. Everything is very unclear. It’s all very strange.”
Just hours after being released from the Court of Violence Against Women in Fuengirola, GP’s Facebook page disappeared for a number of hours.
It was later reactivated, before he wrote a tribute to Romina.
He said: “What to do without you, my beautiful treasure?
“I know that you will be by my side guiding me. I intend to carry on with what you have taught me.”
Police lamented the fact that Romina had not pressed charges after seeking hospital treatment for domestic violence the night before her death.
“This happens all the time,” said a spokesman for the Guardia Civil in Malaga. “There was therefore nothing we could do.”
Her death comes six months after her husband was killed in a notorious bar brawl at the famous Olivia’s La Cala restaurant in Mijas.
CCTV showed Pisani falling backwards and hitting his head on a table corner. He later died in hospital.
As well as being charged with manslaughter, it was later revealed that ‘Harry S’ was already on bail for attempted murder.
He was arrested in February for the contract shooting of three Irishmen linked to notorious Dublin crime lord ‘Mr Flashy’.
Harry was inexplicably granted bail for a second time, until a THIRD arrest on September 3, when a routine police stop in Marbella found – yet again – a gun in his car.
It is not known if he is currently at liberty, but the police source described it as ‘extraordinary’ that he could have been given bail so many times.
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