Five Britons investigated about Benidorm plunder Kirsty Maxwell’s death, said they were free
Five British men who were examined for the death of holiday maker Kirsty Maxwell who fell from a balcony in Benidorm have been told that they are free.
A Spanish judge has ruled that there is & # 39; no evidence & # 39; is that points to their involvement in the death of the 27-year-old Scottish woman and announced that she is currently postponing the murder investigation for nearly two and a half years.
The five Britons – Joseph Graham, Ricky Gammon, Anthony Holehouse, Callum Northridge and Daniel Bailey – received the news from their lawyer on Tuesday.
Kirsty Maxwell (pictured with husband Adam) collapsed in her death on the 10th floor of a hotel in Benidorm in April 2017, after a bachelor party with friends
Five Britons who stayed in the apartment where she fell – including Joseph Graham (left) and Ricky Gammon (right) – were investigated for murder, but the probe fell
The five men – including Callum Northridge (left) – maintained their innocence and said that Mrs. Maxwell fell accidentally (photo on the right, one of the suspects leaves the court in 2017)
Roberto Sanchez, lawyer of the five men, said: “They all know the judge's decision and are very happy with it.
& # 39; It confirms what they have said from the beginning. & # 39;
Graham and his friends were the last people to see Kirsty alive after entering their tenth-floor room at Apartamentos Payma in the Little England district of Benidorm on April 29, 2017.
She plunged into her death moments later in circumstances her family described as & # 39; sinister and suspicious & # 39 ;.
The five men, all from the Nottingham region, were placed under official investigation on suspicion of Kirsty murder, although Graham was the only one of the five British to be formally arrested.
All five men were interviewed as part of the investigation and were then allowed to return to the UK.
Kirsty & # 39; s family launched a campaign to get & # 39; justice & # 39; about her death, with husband Adam Maxwell insisting that & # 39; something dark & # 39; happened in apartment 10E.
But the long-running case has now stopped and the threat of litigation has been removed.
Judge Ana Isabel Garcia-Galbis said in her verdict: & # 39; There is no evidence of the participation of the investigated men in the victim's death. & # 39;
Mrs Garcia-Galbis pointed to tests that show that Kirsty was severely affected & # 39; due to alcohol she had drunk during a bachelor night with friends before her death that could have caused her problems, such as & # 39; blurred vision, loss of balance and emotional instability & # 39 ;.
She added: & # 39; Conclusions other than the police at that time on the accidental dynamics of death could not be reached. & # 39;
The parents and husband of Kirsty are expected to appeal the ruling, which still does not make clear how she fell from the balcony on the tenth floor
Kirsty, who married Adam just seven months before she died, fell 30 meters from the Balcony hotel in Benidorm, Spain. Pictured: the balcony in the room where she stayed
It is thought that Kirsty accidentally entered the men's apartment on April 29 around 8 am looking for a friend who stayed on the same floor moments before he fell
Kirsty & # 39; s parents Brian and Denise Curry and her husband were given three days to appeal to the investigating judge, who is located at Benidorm & # 39; s Court of Investigation Number Four, although they are expected to to see that right and try to undo the ruling at a higher regional court.
There is no official comment from her loved ones or their legal team yet.
The writing was on the wall for the Kirsty family after being hit with a four-fold whammy in the run-up to the second anniversary of her death.
Kirsty & # 39; s husband Adam (pictured together) believes that & # 39; something dark & # 39; must have happened to her before she fell
The Spanish judge leading the criminal case rejected four separate new requests from their Spanish lawyer and hinted that the case would be pending.
They include attempts to help the judge to find potential witnesses by obtaining the names and contact details of vacationers staying on the upper floors of the 4-star Presidente Hotel opposite the apartment building where Kirsty died.
The Spanish lawyer of the family also made a failed attempt to get the judge to allow an architect to analyze the inside of the apartment where Kirsty was going to complete a study by biomechanics expert Mike Brown, who in August last year in a BBC documentary & # 39; Killed Abroad & # 39; appeared. & # 39;
Kirsty & # 39; s family is supported by West Lothian MSP Angela Constance, who said in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July: & much more needs to be done to help families of loved ones murdered abroad support. & # 39;
Last month, an online appeal, supported by her loved ones, accused the Spanish authorities of & # 39; faulty investigation & # 39; prior to what would have been her 30th birthday and claimed they had & # 39; no empathy for the Kirsty family & # 39 ;.
All five men investigated Kirsty's death, thought they had accidentally entered their apartment as she walked to a friend's room on the same floor, and denied an abuse.
No one was accused of any crime, as is normal in Spain, where the charges are only imposed shortly before the trial.
Mr. Graham told police after his arrest that Kirsty pretended to be "angry, drunk, or drugged" & # 39; and went to the bathroom before she tried to get through an inside window and then disappeared from view while walking to the balcony.
Kirsty, from Livingston, West Lothian, died immediately after a dive in a tenth-floor apartment in the Costa Blanca resort. Pictured: the swimming pool where she fell
Adam Maxwell, who married Kirsty in September 2016, claimed in a newspaper interview after the death of his wife & # 39; there was something obscure & # 39; happened in the apartment and swore: & # 39; I will not rest until I know the truth. & # 39;
Kirsty & # 39; s father Brian told a BBC Scotland program in February: & # 39; We have a goal and the goal is to find some truth and answers. & # 39;
& # 39; We have always been positive that we are doing the right thing. As long as we are here, we will continue. & # 39;
Blood and urine samples after her death showed that Kirsty, from Livingston, West Lothian, had not used any drugs, but declared her alcohol and blood levels at 2.79 grams per liter.
The toxicology report concluded in a final paragraph: & # 39; In general, the effects of alcohol intake leading to blood concentrations of 1.8 to 3 grams per liter are disorientation, mental confusion, dizziness; an exaggerated emotional state including fear and anger; change of sensations and perception of color, shape, movement and dimensions; reduction in the feeling of pain; changes in balance, muscle coordination, walking and speech problems. & # 39;
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