We’ve been abandoned, says dead wife’s family

THE grieving family of Kirsty Maxwell have felt “lost, confused and abandoned” since her death last April, when she plunged from the 10th floor of an apartment complex in Benidorm, on the Costa Blanca.

They have criticised Spanish police for the way they have since handled the investigation, and they have asked the Spanish authorities, repeatedly, what happened to the 27-year-old’s pink T-shirt and denim skirt she was wearing on the night of her death.

He husband, Adam, revealed recently that the clothes had been “thrown out” without proper DNA testing by the police in Spain, which could have provided clues.

The Scottish National Party’s Hannah Bardell has now taken up the case, calling for better support from the Foreign Office, following the deaths of British nationals abroad in suspicious circumstances.

She told MPs in the House of Commons how constituent Kirsty entered an apartment room, occupied by a group of English men, who were “high on drugs and alcohol”, before she met her death.

Ms Bardell said Kirsty’s parents, Brian and Denise, and husband Adam, had provided a few words about what they had encountered.

The Commons heard them say in a statement: “Mentally, emotionally and physically, this has been extremely tough, and still with no real end in sight.

“When Kirsty was brutally taken from us, they took a part of us all – something we will never regain. Kirsty was visiting an EU country as a British citizen.

“She lived by the rules set out in today’s society; she worked every day, paid her taxes and never called on the system for any assistance.

“We now plead for that assistance; plead for justice to be sought; plead for her country not to desert her and her family, in their hour of need.

“For the past 10 months as a family, we’ve felt lost, confused and abandoned … all this, and trying to grieve while fighting a case through the Spanish courts with no assistance financially, legally or morally, from the UK or Spain.”

Foreign Office Minister Harriett Baldwin offered her sympathies to those who had lost loved ones abroad, and said that a network, compromising 772 consular staff were always on hand to offer support.

But she was adamant that the UK could not “interfere in local process” when there had been a death.

She added: “We do emphasise that we can’t interfere in local process, and we would not want to see that kind of interference in our own.”



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