12 Apr, 2024 @ 14:18
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US husband accused of killing of his expat wife in a tourist flat in Malaga claims she died after ‘a sex game simulating rape’ and ‘taking a drug’

AN American man being investigated over the death of his wife in Malaga claims she died after they engaged in ‘rape roleplay’ and after she took an unspecified ‘substance’.

Bianca Pitman, 43, was found unresponsive inside The Clock House holiday flat at around 5.30am on Saturday.

According to reports in Spanish press, her husband ran out into the square – Plaza de Camas – and called for help, saying his wife was unconscious.

When emergency services arrived, they desperately tried to revive the mother-of-two, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

READ MORE: Family of US expat killed in Malaga start GoFundMe to finance funeral and legal costs

Bianca Pitman with her two children

Police sources told Diario Sur that the husband, Jose Betancourt, 50, told investigators he and Bianca had enjoyed a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city before having dinner and ‘lots of tequila’ and sex until dawn.

But mystery surrounds why Bianca, who moved to Xativa in Valenica in November, would travel to Malaga to meet with Jose.

Friends in the US told the Olive Press how she had ‘fled’ the States to start a fresh new life in Spain.

When police quizzed Jose, he also claimed that Bianca had ‘consumed a substance’, the details of which remain unknown.

Valerie Dullnig, a close friend of Bianca, told the Olive Press this week that drugs were ‘never’ a part of Bianca’s life to her knowledge.

READ MORE: Tributes pour in for ‘beloved’ US expat who was found dead in a tourist flat in Malaga

Jose Betancourt is being held in jail while the investigation continues (COPYRIGHT OLIVE PRESS SPAIN)

Jose was first arrested for reckless homicide before an autopsy revealed signs of asphyxiation due to strangulation.

He is now being probed for domestic violence and will remain in prison without bail while the investigation continues.

Authorities now must determine whether the strangulation took place during a sexual roleplay, or whether it was intentional and planned.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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